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Book review: The Lives Of Bees – The Untold Story of the Honey Bee in the Wild; by Thomas D. Seeley
Flavous Nomad Bee - Nomada flava - Images, habitat and behaviours. Cleptoparasite of various Andrena bee species, such as Andrena scotica.
Andrena labiata - Red-girdled mining bee - it's habitat, foraging habits and nesting habits
The Good Bee, A Celebration Of Bees And How To Save Them, by Alison Benjamin and Brian McCallum - A book review
Orange-legged Furrow Bee - Halictus rubicundus - A medium sized Halictus - images, behaviors, foraging and habitat
Research suggests the commonly used herbicide, glysophate, may hamper beneficial gut bacteria, leaving honey bees more vulnerable to disease
Long-horned bee - Eucera longicornis - images, nesting habits, foraging behaviour and cleptoparasites.
Bee Pollen - before you believe any claims you read about its special superfood properties, just think about it!
Knapweed Feeds Bees: many bee species (and other pollinators) feed on this important wildflower seen in wildflower verges, grasslands and brownfield sites.
Six-Banded Nomad Bee - Nomada sexfasciata:Cleptoparasite of the long horned bee. Images, habitat and behavious of this cleptoparasitic bee species.
Grow Wallflowers (Erysimum) For Bees: Common wallflowers provide nectar and pollen for a range of bee species, and are great in a dry, sunny spot in the garden.
About the Orange-tailed Mining Bee - Andrena haemorrhoa: photos, habitat, foraging habits. Look out for the bright orangey hairs on the tip of the tail.
Colletes - the group commonly known as 'plasterer bees', this bee lines its nest cells with a cellophane-type substance.
Victorian Etching Of Bees: Nine species of bees swarming a flowery meadow. Coloured etching by J. Bishop, 1855, after J. Stewart.
Davies Colletes - Colletes daviesanus, is a type of plasterer bee found in Britain and Europe. It lines its nest cells with a silky cellophane material.
The Grey-patched mining bee, Andrena nitida - images and description
Blue Mason Bee - Osmia Caerulescens - Fairly common but easily missed, a dark little bee with a bluish tinge that may be seen in the garden.
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.
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