Making a home for Leaf-cutter bees

Suzanne Rex, a volunteer assistant at the Bumblebee Conservation, England, has had her eyes opened to the huge diversity and importance of pollinators in our world. One group of bees which she finds particularly interesting are Leaf-cutter bees and here she writes about them. Leaf-cutter bee (Megachile sp.) in a nest. Photo: Anne Donelly”As well … More Making a home for Leaf-cutter bees

Honey bee colonies fall by nearly 12% globally

The number of honey bee colonies fell by nearly 12% last winter, an international study indicates. The study found that the spring and early summer months of 2015, from March to July, were cold in Norway, Scotland, Sweden, Denmark and Ireland, with mean temperatures ranging from 12.8 – 14.4 °C. This may have had negative … More Honey bee colonies fall by nearly 12% globally

Let’s keep planting wildflowers and help the bees at the same time

Here are some expert tips Spring is the best time to sow seeds. Wait until the possibility of frost is over before sowing.Wildflowers will flourish in most soil. If grass or weeds are growing there now, so will wildflowers. Aggressive weeds can take over your wildflower garden, so continue to weed the area, especially in … More Let’s keep planting wildflowers and help the bees at the same time

Overreacting to Zika

My bees were poisoned from the sky,’ beekeeper says. The pictures are heartbreaking: Millions of honeybees lie dead after being sprayed with an insecticide targeting Zika-carrying mosquitoes. by Sandee LaMotte CNN Rich Brooks/CNN South Carolina beekeeper Juanita Stanley has a message to mosquito control officials who she believes are overreacting to Zika: “Stop. This is … More Overreacting to Zika

Aimed at Zika Mosquitoes, Spray Kills Millions of Honeybees

Dead bees at Flowertown Bee Farm and Supplies in Summerville, S.C. (Credit Flowertown Bee Farm and Supplies) The Monday morning scene at Juanita Stanley’s apiary in Summerville, S.C., was ghastly and stunningly quiet: Everywhere one looked were clumps of honeybees, dead after a dousing on Sunday with the potent pesticide with which the local authorities … More Aimed at Zika Mosquitoes, Spray Kills Millions of Honeybees