Neonics: From Bees to Birds

Health impacts of neonicotinoids may go well beyond bees, according to a new University of Guelph study. Turns out that wild turkeys can end up with neonics in their livers, providing evidence that this common agrochemical is being ingested by free-ranging animals.The researchers from the Ontario Veterinary College are among the first to study the broader effects of neonics on …

A New Hope: Rare Bee Discovered in Alberta, Canada

The Macropis Cuckoo Bee is one of the rarest bees in North America, partly because of its specialized ecological associations. It is a nest parasite of oil-collecting bees of the genus Macropis which, in turn, are dependent on oil-producing flowers of the genus Lysimachia.In fact, the cuckoo bee - which much like its feather-bearing counterpart does not build a nest …

Clouds Like Honeycomb

NOAA-led team uses an innovative network approach to explain polygonal patterns in cloudsUniversity of Colorado at BoulderPolygons are widespread in nature: Drying mud may crack into many-sided blocks, and bees shape honeycomb into regular, six-sided cells. Hexagons also appear in broad sheets of clouds across parts of Earth's oceans, and now a team of researchers has used a network approach …

2017 Bayer Bee Care Community Leadership Award Winners Honored for Impactful Local Honey Bee Health Initiatives

Jake Reisdorf, Tubbs Berry Farm and Twin Falls County Pest Abatement District, recognized for innovative approaches to promoting pollinator health and dedication to educating future generationsResearch Triangle Park, N.C. (July 24, 2017) – Bayer announced the recipients of the fifth annual Bayer Bee Care Community Leadership Award: young beekeeper Jake Reisdorf, and Kirk and Heidi Tubbs of Tubbs Berry Farm …

Wax Worms to the Rescue!

The insect is able to quickly biodegrade polyethylene, the plastic used for shopping bags and food packagingSpanish National Research Council (CSIC) A research scientist at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Federica Bertocchini, has discovered that wax worms (Galleria mellonella), which usually feed on honey and wax from the honeycombs of bees, are capable of degrading plastic. This worm is capable …

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 …

Bees Use Multiple Cues in Hunt for Pollen

University of Exeter  Bees use a variety of senses and memory of previous experiences when deciding where to forage for pollen, research by the University of Exeter suggests.The researchers believe pollen-collecting bees do not base their foraging decisions on taste alone, but instead make an "overall sensory assessment" of their experience at a particular flower.Bees typically do not eat pollen when …

USDA Announces Applications Available for Conservation Stewardship Program

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2016 – Starting in November, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will accept and process applications for enrollment in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), the nation’s largest conservation program. Applications will be made available in local service centers.NRCS has made several updates to the program this year to help producers better evaluate …