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. …

EpiPen recall

FDA alerts consumers of nationwide voluntary recall of EpiPen and EpiPen Jr

FDA News Release The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting consumers to Meridian Medical Technologies’ voluntary recall of 13 lots of Mylan’s EpiPen and EpiPen Jr (epinephrine injection) Auto-Injector products used for emergency treatment of severe allergic reactions. This recall is due to the potential that these devices may contain a defective part that may result in the devices’ failure …

2016-2017 Colony Loss and Management Survey is Live!

Courtesy of www.beeinformed.org Take the Survey Today! April 1st is just around the corner and for beekeepers, that means spring and the opening of the 2016 – 2017 National Colony Loss and National Management Survey. The results that are received from this survey provide valuable information that help us obtain a clear picture of honey bee health throughout the country. The Loss survey …