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Jul 12, 2019

The Lives Of Bees – by Thomas D. Seeley - A Book Review

Book review: The Lives Of Bees – The Untold Story of the Honey Bee in the Wild; by Thomas D. Seeley

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Jun 23, 2019

Flavous Nomad Bee - Nomada flava

Flavous Nomad Bee - Nomada flava - Images, habitat and behaviours. Cleptoparasite of various Andrena bee species, such as Andrena scotica.

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Jun 16, 2019

Andrena labiata - Red-girdled mining bee

Andrena labiata - Red-girdled mining bee - it's habitat, foraging habits and nesting habits

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May 19, 2019

The Good Bee, A Celebration Of Bees And How To Save Them - Book Review

The Good Bee, A Celebration Of Bees And How To Save Them, by Alison Benjamin and Brian McCallum - A book review

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May 18, 2019

Orange-legged Furrow Bee - Halictus rubicundus

Orange-legged Furrow Bee - Halictus rubicundus - A medium sized Halictus - images, behaviors, foraging and habitat

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May 09, 2019

Effects Of Glysophate On Honey Bees

Research suggests the commonly used herbicide, glysophate, may hamper beneficial gut bacteria, leaving honey bees more vulnerable to disease

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May 06, 2019

Long-horned bee - Eucera longicornis

Long-horned bee - Eucera longicornis - images, nesting habits, foraging behaviour and cleptoparasites.

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May 06, 2019

Interrogating Health Claims: Example - Bee Pollen

Bee Pollen - before you believe any claims you read about its special superfood properties, just think about it!

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May 05, 2019

Knapweed Feeds Bees - Centaurea nigra

Knapweed Feeds Bees: many bee species (and other pollinators) feed on this important wildflower seen in wildflower verges, grasslands and brownfield sites.

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May 04, 2019

Six-Banded Nomad Bee - Nomada sexfasciata

Six-Banded Nomad Bee - Nomada sexfasciata:Cleptoparasite of the long horned bee. Images, habitat and behavious of this cleptoparasitic bee species.

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May 03, 2019

Grow Wallflowers (Erysimum) For Bees

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.

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May 01, 2019

Orange-tailed Mining Bee - Andrena haemorrhoa

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.

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Apr 28, 2019

Colletes - Plasterer Bees

Colletes - the group commonly known as 'plasterer bees', this bee lines its nest cells with a cellophane-type substance.

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Apr 13, 2019

Victorian Etching Of Bees In A Flowery Meadow

Victorian Etching Of Bees: Nine species of bees swarming a flowery meadow. Coloured etching by J. Bishop, 1855, after J. Stewart.

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Apr 03, 2019

Davies Colletes - Colletes daviesanus

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.

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Apr 03, 2019

Grey-patched mining bee - Andrena nitida

The Grey-patched mining bee, Andrena nitida - images and description

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Apr 01, 2019

Blue Mason Bee - Osmia Caerulescens

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.

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Mar 14, 2019

Conopid Flies - Parasitoids Of Bees

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.

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Mar 13, 2019

Why Do Bees Have Hair? Why Are Bees Furry?

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.

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Mar 06, 2019

Bee Hive Losses In California

Bee Hive Losses In California. If Californai's almond growers are not careful, they'll have no bees to pollinate their crops!

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Mar 04, 2019

Neonicotinoids Are More Toxic For Bees Than DDT

Table giving numerical values, shows that neonicotinoids are more toxic for bees than DDT

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Mar 02, 2019

Neonicotinoid Impairs Honey Bee Flight

Study by Tosi et al: A common neonicotinoid pesticide, thiamethoxam, impairs honey bee flight ability

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Mar 01, 2019

How Neonicotinoids Promote Deformed Wing Virus In Honey Bees

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.

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Mar 01, 2019

The Link Between Nosema In Honey Bees And Neonicotinoids

Examples of pubilshed scientific studies that highlight the dangers of neonicotinoids to honey bee health with respect to pathogenic funghi, Nosema

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Feb 20, 2019

Why Are Bees Good Pollinators? Here Are 6 Key Reasons.

Bees are ideally adapted to be excellent pollinators. Learn why their bodies and foraging habits make them the farmer and gardeners' friend.

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Feb 19, 2019

Do Bees Have Knees? Answer: 'Yes'. Here's an explanation and diagram

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

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Feb 12, 2019

Do Honey Bees Harm Wild Bees?

Do honey bees have a negative impact on wild bee populations? A look at the evidence.

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Feb 09, 2019

Bee-Themed Car Stickers And More

Car stickers and other stickers: Save The Bees, Bee Kind, Don't Worry Bee Happy

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Feb 04, 2019

Worldwide Insect Decline

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.

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Jan 31, 2019

Prairie Mallow Sidalcea Is A Magnet For Bees

Prairie Mallow Sidalcea ‘Elsie Heugh’ Is A Magnet For Bees, the flowers offering nectar and pollen

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Jan 23, 2019

Megachile Leachella - The Silvery Leafcutter Bee

Megachile Leachella - the Silvery Leafcutter Bee. About the UK's smallest leafcutter bee, it's foraging habits and habitat

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Jan 21, 2019

Which Bees Dig In The Ground?

Which bees dig in the ground, and how and why do they do it? It could be nest building, parasites, or hibernation!

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Sep 10, 2018

Buzz The Necessity And Nature Of Bees By Thor Hanson

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

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Sep 07, 2018

Brilliant Bees Puzzle Book

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.

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Aug 03, 2018

Did The UK Government Approve Sulfoxaflor Or Flupyradifurone?

Did The UK Government Approve Sulfoxaflor Or Flupyradifurone? Despite the fact the EU has approved them, the UK (to date) has not.

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Jul 08, 2018

We Need Joined Up Thinking From Councils To Protect Wildlife Habitats

We Need Joined Up Thinking From Councils To Protect Wildlife Habitats

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Jul 07, 2018

Do bees have ears? Can bees hear? How do bees pick up sounds?

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.

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Jul 04, 2018

Where Have All The Bees Gone?

Where Have All The Bees Gone? Reasons why bees may have suddenly stopped visiting your garden.

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Jun 18, 2018

List Of Bee Species On The UK BAP Priority List

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

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Jun 14, 2018

Can I Be Forced To Remove A Bee nest From My Property?

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?

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Jun 14, 2018

5 Reasons To Add Wildflowers To Your Lawn Or Flower Border

5 Reasons To Add Wildflowers To Your Lawn Or Flower Border: helping bees, butterflies and other pollinators in your garden with wonderful wildflowers

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Jun 04, 2018

Will Bees Protect My Tri-color Birch From Aphids?

Will Bees Protect My Tri-color Birch From Aphids? - Response to a query after bees seen around aphids on an ornamental tree

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Jun 04, 2018

Creating A Racoon Proof Bumble Bee Nest

Creating A Racoon Proof Bumble Bee Nest - how one lady in Canada created a bumble bee nest box that was safe from persistent racoons!

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May 20, 2018

Do Bees Visit Yellow Flowers?

Do Bees Visit Yellow Flowers? Examples of yellow flowering plants and shrubs visited by bees.

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May 16, 2018

Prevent Bee And Wasp Stings - 12 great tips to prevent being stung!

How to prevent bee stings and wasp stings, with further link to treatments, remedies and interesting facts about the risks.

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May 16, 2018

The Status Of North America's Cuckoo Bumble Bees

Cuckoo Bumble Bees Of North America - their IUCN status. North America and Canada have 6 species of cuckoo bumble bee. Wich are endangered species?

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May 12, 2018

Do Bees Eat Meat? Amazingly, A Small Group Of Tropical Bees Do!

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.

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May 12, 2018

Bees In The Bible

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.

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May 10, 2018

English Bluebells, Spanish Bluebells & Bees - Remove Spanish Bluebells

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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