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  1. Scientific Studies / CCD / Neonics
    Effects of small-scale clustering of flowers on pollinator foraging behaviour and flower visitation rate Plants often grow in clusters of various sizes and have a variable number of flowers per inflorescence. This small-scale spatial clustering affects insect foraging strategies and plant...
  2. Bee Forum
    Good day! My plum tree is 24' away from my hive. It's blooming for 2 days now. I don't see any of my bees there. They're working as usually foraging, bringing in pollen and what not. But not a single bee on my plum! Some other insects, but no bees. Is this normal? Thanks.
  3. 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...
  4. Observation Hive Forum
    I read the waggle dance is to communicate the direction and distance to food. So my question is... If you swing an observation hive or rotate it, changing its orientation to the earth and sun (north south east west), would that cause bees doing waggle dance to send the other bees in the wrong...
  5. Scientific Studies / CCD / Neonics
    Taxonomic Characterization of Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) Pollen Foraging Based on Non-Overlapping Paired-End Sequencing of Nuclear Ribosomal Loci Identifying plant taxa that honey bees (Apis mellifera) forage upon is of great apicultural interest, but traditional methods are labor intensive and...
  6. Scientific Studies / CCD / Neonics
    The Potential Influence of Bumble Bee Visitation on Foraging Behaviors and Assemblages of Honey Bees on Squash Flowers in Highland Agricultural Ecosystems Bee species interactions can benefit plant pollination through synergistic effects and complementary effects, or can be of detriment to plant...
  7. Photo/Video Gallery
    Wow! Our catnip is loaded with honey bees. They seem to like it a lot. Happy to see them enjoying. Here's a close up of one... Copper tops from Bee Well Honey in Pickens, SC.
  8. Bee Forum
    The girls in our surviving hive were out in force March 11 & 12. We figure none of them have ever seen a flower but they're eager to. Coming up the driveway, we found an oak (probably red or black) had blown down very recently across the driveway, its base destroyed by termites. The chainsaw...
  9. Diseases and Pests
    Effects of Infection on Honey Bee Population Dynamics: A Model We propose a model that combines the dynamics of the spread of disease within a bee colony with the underlying demographic dynamics of the colony to determine the ultimate fate of the colony under different scenarios. The model...
  10. Bee Forum
    Energetic Optimization of Foraging Honeybees: Flexible Change of Strategies in Response to Environmental Challenges Heterothermic insects like honeybees, foraging in a variable environment, face the challenge of keeping their body temperature high to enable immediate flight and to promote fast...
  11. Bee Forum
    Dancing Bees Improve Colony Foraging Success as Long-Term Benefits Outweigh Short-Term Costs Waggle dancing bees provide nestmates with spatial information about high quality resources. Surprisingly, attempts to quantify the benefits of this encoded spatial information have failed to find...
  12. Bee Forum
    Honey Pollen: Using Melissopalynology to Understand Foraging Preferences of Bees in Tropical South India The aim of the study was to use melissopalynology to delineate the foraging preferences of bees in tropical environs. This was done by comparing pollen spectra obtained from the same hives...
  13. Bee Forum
    An Assessment of Fixed Interval Timing in Free-Flying Honey Bees (Apis mellifera ligustica): An Analysis of Individual Performance Interval timing is a key element of foraging theory, models of predator avoidance, and competitive interactions. Although interval timing is well documented in...
  14. Alternative Pollinators
    Changes in Learning and Foraging Behaviour within Developing Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris) Colonies Organisation in eusocial insect colonies emerges from the decisions and actions of its individual members. In turn, these decisions and actions are influenced by the individual's behaviour (or...
  15. 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...
  16. Alternative Pollinators
    The Effect of Olfactory Exposure to Non-Insecticidal Agrochemicals on Bumblebee Foraging Behavior Declines in bumblebee populations have led to investigations into potential causes – including agrochemical effects on bumblebee physiology. The indirect effects of agrochemicals (i.e. behavior...
  17. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    After the last cut-out, I decided the foragers might need time to start bringing in enough food to support growth or the hive. I made food with sugar, water and corn syrup in equal parts into the empty end of the hive using an entrance feeder wit a pint jar. Each time I decided it would be okay...
  18. Bee Forum
    Do honey bees work their way from or toward the hive when foraging? It seems they would go to the farthest point of their particular foraging field, such as white clover as their foraging plane would be flat, and work their way back toward the hive as they become heavier with nectar. I can't...
  19. Bee Forum
    Social Reinforcement Delays in Free-Flying Honey Bees (Apis mellifera L.) Due to the cyclical rhythm of honey bee foraging behaviors, a post-reinforcement delay at a foraging location would in turn delay a variety of social behaviors in the hive such as unloading behaviors. Free-flying honey...
  20. Bee Forum
    Radar Tracking and Motion-Sensitive Cameras on Flowers Reveal the Development of Pollinator Multi-Destination Routes over Large Spatial Scales Radar tracking of selected flights revealed a dramatic decrease by 80% (ca. 1500 m) of the total travel distance between the first and the last foraging...
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