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  1. Bee Forum
    Any experience that can be shared regarding planting balansa clover as bee forage?
  2. Bee Forum
    A lot of people think of Sarah Bergmann as the "Honeybee Lady," and that really annoys her. It's an attribution that might make sense at first glance, given that Bergmann is the celebrated creator of what's called the Pollinator Pathway project. So, pollinators, honeybees — what's the problem...
  3. Nectar & Pollen Plants
    I planted a couple of large beds of Phacelia tanacetifolia (Purple tansy) last June and July and the honey bees and various bumble bee species were all over it for the entire summer, and into October for the honey bees. It's an annual, but does anyone know how well this plant reseeds? Can I...
  4. Scientific Studies / CCD / Neonics
    Varroa destructor Mites Can Nimbly Climb from Flowers onto Foraging Honey Bees Varroa destructor, the introduced parasite of European honey bees associated with massive colony deaths, spreads readily through populations of honey bee colonies, both managed colonies living crowded together in...
  5. Bee Forum
    National Geographic article http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/06/the-last-best-place-in-north-america-to-keep-bees/
  6. Scientific Studies / CCD / Neonics
    Extracting the Behaviorally Relevant Stimulus: Unique Neural Representation of Farnesol, a Component of the Recruitment Pheromone of Bombus terrestris To trigger innate behavior, sensory neural networks are pre-tuned to extract biologically relevant stimuli. Many male-female or insect-plant...
  7. Bee Forum
    Anybody out there having problems with apiaries located near vineyards? I am hoping to hear from growers and beekeepers. There have been several reports of problems in our area from both beekeepers and growers. Grape acreage is skyrocketing in our region so I am curious how widespread the...
  8. Alternative Pollinators
    Habitat and Forage Associations of a Naturally Colonising Insect Pollinator, the Tree Bumblebee Bombus hypnorum Bumblebees (Bombus species) are major pollinators of commercial crops and wildflowers but factors affecting their abundance, including causes of recent population declines, remain...
  9. Bee Forum
    Hydrocarbons Emitted by Waggle-Dancing Honey Bees Increase Forager Recruitment by Stimulating Dancing Hydrocarbons emitted by waggle-dancing honey bees are known to reactivate experienced foragers to visit known food sources. This study investigates whether these hydrocarbons also increase...
  10. Bee Forum
    Honey Bees Avoid Nectar Colonized by Three Bacterial Species, But Not by a Yeast Species, Isolated from the Bee Gut The gut microflora of the honey bee, Apis mellifera, is receiving increasing attention as a potential determinant of the bees’ health and their efficacy as pollinators. Studies...
  11. Bee Forum
    Non-Consumptive Predator Effects Shape Honey Bee Foraging and Recruitment Dancing Predators can reduce bee pollination and plant fitness through successful predation and non-consumptive effects. In honey bees, evidence of predation or a direct attack can decrease recruitment dancing and thereby...
  12. Nectar & Pollen Plants
    We have at least three colors of salvia in our garden: purple, pink, and red. Bees love them, but I'm curious as to why they all go to the base of the flower to forage, outside of the petals. Are they biting into the sepal to get into the pistil or what? Humingbirds also like them, but poke...
  13. Bee Forum
    Watching bees return to the hive, especially in the morning before noon, I can see that they usually are carrying big pollen sacs with them, but those are few and come at random intervals (usually every 2-3 minutes). In the evening, when all the day's foragers are coming back for the night to...
  14. Bee Forum
    I am brand new to beekeeping and brand new to this forum. I've read a lot of posts covering every imaginable topic on this site and it looks like a terrific forum with very helpful members. In addition, I'm reading lots of books and subscribe to Bee Culture magazine. My wife and I just...
  15. Bee Forum
    I've added a utility to my website that plots a 3km honey bee forage zone around an apiary site. Interesting to see what your honey bees are potentially using for foraging. It's free, based on google maps; you are more than welcome to add your apiary sites to try it out. Dean
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