2017 US Summer Forecast: Early Storms to Hold Back Heat in Northeast; Wildfires to Rage in California

Courtesy of       AccuWeather Global Weather Center - April 26, 2017  - AccuWeather reports wet weather and severe storms will keep extreme temperatures at bay in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic this summer, while heat and humidity plague the South. Meanwhile, California will be at risk from wildfires due to abundant vegetation as the Northwest grapples with outbreaks of severe weather. Early storms to hold back extreme heat …

Common Pesticide Damages Honey Bee’s Ability to Fly

Study provides the first evidence that a broadly used pesticide alone can harm bee flight University of California - San Diego A honey bee (Apis mellifera) is harnessed for study on a flight mill in biology professor James Nieh's laboratory, UC San Diego. Credit: Simone Tosi Biologists at the University of California San Diego have demonstrated for the first time that a widely …

Wax Worms to the Rescue!

The insect is able to quickly biodegrade polyethylene, the plastic used for shopping bags and food packaging Spanish 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 …

Please Complete the Bee Informed Surveys

Dear Beekeeper: We need your help. Please take 30 minutes out of your busy day to complete these two surveys. Both surveys are only open from 1 April through 30 April 2017. Please click on the link below or paste it into your browser to participate in the National Loss and Management Survey: http://26.selectsurvey.net/beeinformed/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=2017 The online survey is live now and will close on April 30th. …

Bee “Bed and Breakfast” Gets Helping Hand from Science

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are digging into the soil around alfalfa fields near Touchet, Washington, to unearth new clues to improve the lives of the crop's chief insect pollinator: the alkali bee. Alkali bees are champion alfalfa flower pollinators—even outperforming the respected honey bee. So much so, some Touchet farmers maintain open soil parcels called "bee beds" to encourage …

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. …