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Sep 17, 2019

Everyone Knows Bees Like Sunflowers

Bees Like Sunflowers - and so do birds. Note how the wonderful flowers heads of these childhood favourites follow the path of the sun during the daytime.

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Sep 16, 2019

Bees Can Detect Bombs

Bees Can Detect Bombs: Weall know about the use of sniffer dogs to detect drugs and explosives. Did you know honey bees can be trained to do the same thing?

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Sep 13, 2019

Bees In Schools

Bees In Schools: how one school is using a number of superb initiatives to teach children and create a very positive school learning experience.

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Sep 12, 2019

Bees And Bee Balm

Bees And Bee Balm (Monarda) - also known as 'Bergamot) is a herbaceous perennial which is attractive for bees.

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Sep 11, 2019

The Structure Of A Social Wasp Nest

The Structure Of A Social Wasp Nest: Wasp nests are an architectural masterpiece. Here are images of a wasp nest and description of how its made.

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Sep 09, 2019

Plant Echinacea (Coneflower) For Bees

Echinacea (Coneflower) is a fabulous perennial loved by bees and butterflies. They provide food for bees when many bumble bee colonies are at their peak.

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Sep 08, 2019

Buffish Mining Bee - Andrena nigroaenea

Buffish Mining Bee - Andrena nigroaenea - photographs, habitat, foraging preferences, parasites.

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Sep 06, 2019

Feed The Bees With Ice Plant

Feed The Bees With Ice Plant - also known as Sedum spectabile, Hylotelephium spectabile, these succulent perennials are attractve to bees and butterflies.

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Sep 05, 2019

Bees And Pollinators Love Sneezeweed

Bees And Pollinators Love Sneezeweed - Bringing a wonderful splash of golden orange, copper and yellow to the flower border bees and love this cheerful flower.

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Sep 04, 2019

What Is The Origin Of The Phrase 'The Bee's Knees'?

What Is The Origin Of The Phrase 'The Bee's Knees'? Different historical explanations, from Shakespeare to the Charleston dancer, Bee Jackson and more.

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Sep 03, 2019

Bee's Knees Cocktail Recipe

Bee's Knees Cocktail recipe - How to make it, and the origin of this famous, zingy and refreshing drink which combines honey, lemon juice and gin.

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Sep 02, 2019

Bees Love Lavender

Bees Love Lavender: a favourite herb, especially with bumble bees. Here's a list of some of the lavender varieties you could include in your garden for bees.

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Aug 25, 2019

Bees And Pollution: Air Pollution Impairs Foraging

Bees And Pollution: Air Pollution Impairs Foraging - study shows that moderate levels of atmospheric pollutants can harm insect ability to detect floral scents.

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Aug 22, 2019

Wool Carder Bee

About the amazing Wool Carder Bee, Anthidium manicatum

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Aug 19, 2019

Bees Love Zinnia

Bees Love Zinnia. These beautiful flowers available in a variety of gorgeous jewel shades are a magnet for bees and other pollinators.

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Aug 18, 2019

Is It Okay To Kill Bees In Order To Study Them?

Is It Okay To Kill Bees In Order To Study Them? How about observing to study them instead?

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Aug 17, 2019

Gooden's Nomad Bee - Nomada goodeniana

Gooden's Nomad Bee - Nomada goodeniana - a wasp-like cleptoparasite bee: photographs, habitat, foraging preferences,

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Aug 17, 2019

Types Of Honey Bee Hives

Brief overview of different types of honey bee hives, links to tips for buying (new or second hand), free downloads of plans to enable you to build your own.

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Aug 16, 2019

Bees Poem

Looking for a bees poem? Or have you written a poem about bees? Read poems and add your own if you wish

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Aug 14, 2019

Can Bees See Red? Do Bees Visit Red Flowers?

Although bees do not distinguish shades of red, they can, however see ultraviolet markings in flowers which act as guides leading the bee into the flower.

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Aug 12, 2019

Bees Foraging On Eryngium

Bees Foraging On Eryngium: often referred to as 'Sea Holly'. A magnet for bumble bees, honey bees and various solitary species. It is fairly hardy.

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Aug 11, 2019

Coastal Leafcutter Bee - Megachile maritima

Coastal Leafcutter Bee - Megachile maritima - can be seen around sandy coastal areas where abundant where there is an abundance of approriate flora .

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Aug 09, 2019

Will Bees Sting For No Reason?

Will Bees Sting For No Reason?

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Aug 07, 2019

Plant Oregano For Bees (Marjoram)

Plant Oregano For Bees: bees love oregano (marjoram). It's rich in nectar, and attracts bees, butterflies and hoverflies in summer. Here's how to plant it.

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Aug 03, 2019

Why Do Bees Have 5 Eyes?

Why Do Bees Have 5 Eyes? A bee has 5 eyes: 2 compound eyes & 3 simple eyes on the top of the head, but what for? Plus things you didn't know about bee vision.

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Aug 02, 2019

Groove-faced mining bee - Andrena angustior

Groove-faced mining bee- Andrena angustior : You may see the nests of these bees on sandy coastal paths. Images, habitat, nesting habits, and predators

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Aug 01, 2019

Why Do Bees Always Follow Me?

Why Do Bees Always Follow Me Around? Here are some reasons why bees may appear to 'follow you' and what, if anything, you should do about it.

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Jul 31, 2019

Colletes cunicularius- Vernal mining bee

Vernal mining bee - Colletes cunicularius - Also known as Early colletes; Spring mining bee; Spring colletes; Vernal colletes: photos, habitat, nesting.

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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

Red-girdled mining bee - Andrena labiata - This bee has a broad reddish band on its abdomen. Photos, and a look at habitat, foraging 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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