Birds vs. Bees: Study Helps Explain How Flowers Evolved to Get Pollinators to Specialize

Work by Robert J. Gegear at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) shows that flowers that were thought to have evolved to lure hummingbirds, actually have combinations of traits that discourage wasteful visits by bumblebees. Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester, Mass. - Ecologists who study flowering plants have long believed that flowers evolved with particular sets of characteristics--unique combinations of colors, shapes, and orientations, for …

Temporary Break for USDA Disease Diagnostic Service

Due to a staffing crisis, the USDA-ARS Bee Disease Diagnostic Service in Beltsville, MD will be on hiatus, effective immediately. The University of Maryland Bee Lab has graciously supported Mr. Samuel Abban as he leads this 100-year old program, but Samuel is now needed fulltime for a critical University project. Every effort is being made to finalize the hiring of …

Dadant Corporate Office Has 6,000,000 Visitors Today!

It’s our annual Package Bee Pickup Day in Hamilton, IL! The bees arrived around 10:00 a.m., kept cool and safe in a refrigerated truck that travelled from our reliable suppliers in the South. They were greeted by several hundred customers who couldn’t wait to get their new bees and all the supplies needed to keep their hives happy and healthy. …

Honey Bees Have Sharper Eyesight Than We Thought

University of Adelaide Research conducted at the University of Adelaide has discovered that bees have much better vision than was previously known, offering new insights into the lives of honey bees, and new opportunities for translating this knowledge into fields such as robot vision. The findings come from "eye tests" given to western honey bees (also known as European honey bees, Apis …

Australian Researcher Blames Beekeepers for the Honey Bee’s Problems

Poor management practices have enabled spread of bee pathogens, bee researcher argues Entomological Society of America Annapolis, MD; April 4, 2017--In the search for answers to the complex health problems and colony losses experienced by honey bees in recent years, it may be time for professionals and hobbyists in the beekeeping industry to look in the mirror. In a research essay to be …

Genes Key to Africanized Honey Bee’s Success

Uppsala University In a new study, researchers from Uppsala University sequenced the genomes of Africanized bees that have invaded large parts of the world to find out what makes them so extraordinarily successful. One particular region in the genome caught the researchers' attention and the genes found there could be part of the explanation for the aggressive advances of these …

NEW Véto-pharma Survey – Varroa Monitoring

This survey is to help Véto-pharma to better understand the practices of beekeepers who monitor for varroa mites, and to identify possible aids that Véto-pharma could devise to make these procedures more convenient. By answering the following questions, you will help them in their R&D process, to improve their products and offer sustainable solutions for the future of beekeeping. You can answer the survey …

National Honey Board creates new educational brochure

National Honey Board Creates New Educational Brochure

Firestone, Colorado, April 3, 2017 – In a continued effort to provide honey industry members with beautiful and inspirational educational materials, the National Honey Board (NHB) has created a new brochure that shares honey’s unique journey from blossom, to bee, to hive and to bottle. Honey’s Sweet Journey: From Bee to Bottle is the newest addition to the NHB’s inventory …