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Conopid Flies - or flies belonging to the family Conopidae, are parasitoids of bees in Britain. They look a little like solitary wasps or Nomada bees.
Why Do Bees Have Hair? Here are 4 important reasons, plus some examples of ways in which particular species make use of specially adapted hairs.
Bee Hive Losses In California. If Californai's almond growers are not careful, they'll have no bees to pollinate their crops!
Table giving numerical values, shows that neonicotinoids are more toxic for bees than DDT
Study by Tosi et al: A common neonicotinoid pesticide, thiamethoxam, impairs honey bee flight ability
Summary of an important scientific study by Di Prisco et al examining how neonicotinoids impair immunity to diseases and viruses such as DWV, in honey bees.
Examples of pubilshed scientific studies that highlight the dangers of neonicotinoids to honey bee health with respect to pathogenic funghi, Nosema
Bees are ideally adapted to be excellent pollinators. Learn why their bodies and foraging habits make them the farmer and gardeners' friend.
You've heard of the saying 'the bee's knees', but do bees have knees? The answer is 'YES'. Here is an explanation and diagram showing the location of the knee
Do honey bees have a negative impact on wild bee populations? A look at the evidence.
Car stickers and other stickers: Save The Bees, Bee Kind, Don't Worry Bee Happy
Worldwide Insect Decline: According to a recent paper, over 40% of insect species are threatened with extinction. Globally, Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies), hymenoptera (bees, wasps, ants and sawflies) and dung beetles most affected.
Prairie Mallow Sidalcea ‘Elsie Heugh’ Is A Magnet For Bees, the flowers offering nectar and pollen
Megachile Leachella - the Silvery Leafcutter Bee. About the UK's smallest leafcutter bee, it's foraging habits and habitat
Which bees dig in the ground, and how and why do they do it? It could be nest building, parasites, or hibernation!
Buzz The Necessity And Nature Of Bees - by Thor Hanson. This lovely natural history book contains much: from evolutionary biology to well-chosen literary quotes, personal anecdotes, mythology and our ancient relationship with bees
Brilliant Bees Puzzle Book - An introduction to the wonderful world of bees, with puzzles that teach children about bee lifecycles, where bees build their nests, flowers for bees and foods pollinated by these amazing insects, and more.
Did The UK Government Approve Sulfoxaflor Or Flupyradifurone? Despite the fact the EU has approved them, the UK (to date) has not.
We Need Joined Up Thinking From Councils To Protect Wildlife Habitats
No, bees do not have ears, however, they are able to pick up sounds, so in a sense they can ‘hear’ but not through the use of the ears.
Where Have All The Bees Gone? Reasons why bees may have suddenly stopped visiting your garden.
Bee Species On The UK BAP Priority List: This list includes bumble bee and solitary species currently on the Biodiversity Action Plan priority list in the UK
Can I Be Forced To Remove A Bee nest From My Property? Can the council force me to destroy a bumble bee nest in my home or garden? Where do I stand legally?
5 Reasons To Add Wildflowers To Your Lawn Or Flower Border: helping bees, butterflies and other pollinators in your garden with wonderful wildflowers
Will Bees Protect My Tri-color Birch From Aphids? - Response to a query after bees seen around aphids on an ornamental tree
Creating A Racoon Proof Bumble Bee Nest - how one lady in Canada created a bumble bee nest box that was safe from persistent racoons!
Do Bees Visit Yellow Flowers? Examples of yellow flowering plants and shrubs visited by bees.
How to prevent bee stings and wasp stings, with further link to treatments, remedies and interesting facts about the risks.
Cuckoo Bumble Bees Of North America - their IUCN status. North America and Canada have 6 species of cuckoo bumble bee. Wich are endangered species?
A small group of tropical bees sometimes referred to as 'Vulture Bees', and belonging to the genus Trigona, eat dead animal flesh – which may be rotting - for protein. Here we look at research and photographic evidence.
Bees In The Bible: direct quotes of references to bees, swarms, and honey from the Bible. It is interesting that bees and honey, are mentioned not only in the bible, but in other holy books too, including the Koran (Quran) and in the Hindu Vedas.
English bluebells are fragrant, beautiful, and loved by bees. They are native to the UK, but cross breeding with Spanish bluebells poses a threat. How to spot the difference and get rid of Spanish bluebells.
What's wrong with this bumble bee? What can I do to help a bumble bee that is writhing about and hunched up in a ball.
No, the eminent American naturalist did not make this statement exactly. He made a comment about all insect arthropods. In his own words, here is what he said.
Bee Watching: Looking And Appreciating Is What Matters Most. Admire the beauty of the bee, and don't get hung up on labelling it. Fall in love with bees by watching them.
How To Help Bees With Mites - phoretic mites are commonly seen on the thorax (upper body) close to the head, or around the junction of the thorax and abdomen of bumble bees. Here is what you can do to help them.
A look at the rationale for writing bumble bee as two words rather than one (bumble bee instead of bumblebee).
Free Book About Bees - download Sladen's classic about bumblebees - or follow the link for a free book about beekeeping.
Is It Okay To Kill Bees In Order To Study Them? How about observing to study them instead?
UK Government Could Back A Full Ban On Neonicotinoids Post Brexit, But Scottish Government Refuses To Back A Ban
The Drone Bee: a light-hearted look at the life of the male honey bee and its role in the colony
Tips for pollen stain removal - how to remove and how to prevent pollen stains
Bee Pollen And Weight Loss - is there any evidence that bee pollen can help you to lose excess weight, or act as a weight loss aid? Or is it just marketing?
Bee Pollen - before you believe any claims you read about its special superfood properties, just think about it!
FACTS about the nutritional content of bee pollen, and comparisons with every day foods.
Different types of bees: what's the difference between honey bees, bumblebees and solitary bees? Find out here!
Plants to Attract Bees: Shrubs, Hedgerows, and Trees for bees and other pollinators - by season. Links to more lists of garden plants, wildflowers, herbs, fruits etc that help bees.
British Beekeepers Still Concerned About Neonicotinoids, Accdording To Survey Oct 2017
Where Do Bees Go In Winter? About winter activiity of honey bees, and overwintering or hibernation of bumble bees and solitary bees.
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