Bee Informed Partnership Announces Public Awareness Campaign

In time for Thanksgiving and the holiday season, the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP), the most trusted source of data on the health of America's honey bees, today launched a campaign to raise public awareness of the vital roles that honey bees and beekeepers play in pollinating and producing many of the foods we love -- especially at this time of …

Dadant Moves Fresno, CA Branch into New Building – Grand Opening Celebration

On Friday 10/7/16 over 200 beekeepers gathered at Dadant and Sons Inc Fresno CA warehouse for Dadant’s official grand opening. Door prizes were given out every 30-45 minutes consisting of new Dadant smokers and autographed copies of the newly revised edition of The Hive and Honeybee. At the end of the day, two grand prizes were given out. One lucky beekeeper was the proud winner …

Wisconsin Arboretum Offers Rare Refuge for Vanishing Bumblebee

MADISON, Wis. — A proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to seek endangered status for the rusty-patched bumblebee has focused renewed attention on bumblebees living at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum. This 1,200-acre natural area in Madison still has wild populations of the rare insect, which was fairly common until about 20 years ago. The proposal cited habitat loss, insecticide …

This Flower Smells Like a Bee Under Attack

A new discovery takes plants’ deception of their pollinators to a whole new level. Researchers reporting in Current Biology on October 6 found that the ornamental plant popularly known as Giant Ceropegia fools certain freeloading flies into pollinating it by mimicking the scent of honeybees under attack. The flies find that smell attractive because they typically dine on the drippings of …

Southeastern Atlantic Coast Beekeepers Warned of Potential Damage from Hurricane Matthew

Beekeepers with colonies along the eastern coastline of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina are being warned of the potential for flooding and wind damage from Hurricane Matthew. An estimate of regular in-state colonies as well as migratory beekeeper colonies brought to the Southeast for overwintering has been put at over 250,000 by some estimates. Many of these colonies …

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers and Partners Seize 132 Drums of Illegally Imported Chinese Honey

MIAMI – On Aug. 12, Import Specialists from the Miami based Agriculture & Prepared Products Center of Excellence & Expertise (APP Center) in collaboration with U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) Officers and Special Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Chicago, seized around 42 tons of illegally imported Chinese honey.  This represents the …

When Bees Are Buzzed, Their Behavior Changes

When bumblebees experience rewarding stimuli, they enter a positive emotional state similar to optimism in humans, a new study reveals. The results suggest that insects may have emotion-like states, a research area that has been the subject of much inquiry in recent years. Here, Clint Perry and colleagues turned their attention to the “happiness” of bumblebees, trying to gauge whether …

US Winter Forecast: Frequent Snow to Blast Northeast; Freeze May Damage Citrus Crop in South

Courtesy of AccuWeather Global Weather Center - September 28, 2016 - AccuWeather reports it will feel like an extended winter for those living from the northern Plains to the eastern U.S., as cold and snowy conditions stretch into spring 2017. Meanwhile, drier and milder weather will focus on the majority of the southern half of the nation. The Southeast may mark the exception as …