Honey Bees More Likely to Regulate Hive’s ‘Thermostat’ During Rapid Temperature Increases

University of Colorado at Boulder Honey bees use their wings to cool down their hives when temperatures rise, but new University of Colorado Boulder research shows that this intriguing behavior may be linked to both the rate of heating and the size of a honey bee group. The findings, which were recently published in the journal Animal Behaviour, indicate that honey bees …

Nation’s Beekeepers Lost 44 Percent of Bees in 2015-16

(Courtesy of the Bee Informed Partnership) Summer losses rival winter losses for the second year running Beekeepers across the United States lost 44 percent of their honey bee colonies during the year spanning April 2015 to April 2016, according to the latest preliminary results of an annual nationwide survey. Rates of both winter loss and summer loss—and consequently, total annual losses—worsened …

Master Beekeeping Class at the University of Montana Needs Your Help!

  Hello All Beekeepers, We need your help. We are in our final class in Master Beekeeping at the University of Montana. We are conducting a research project to determine the current trends in beekeeping and styles of colony care. Please take this 5 min survey so that we can record your preferences. Please also answer all 20 questions in one sitting. …

2016 US Summer Forecast: More 90-degree Days Than Normal to Scorch East; West to Battle Drought, Fires

(Courtesy of Accuweather) As a strong El Nino fades, the weather across the country will slowly change. In much of the eastern United States, a hot summer is in store. Rain and thunderstorms will dominate the pattern in the central and southern Plains, while the opposite occurs in California and the Northwest, and scarce rainfall leads to severe drought conditions. © Provided by …