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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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Apr 26, 2018

Help - I Have Found A Bumble Bee That Is Curled Up And Writhing

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.

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Apr 25, 2018

Did E. O. Wilson Claim That If Bees Die, We Die?

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.

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Mar 27, 2018

Bee Watching: Looking And Appreciating Is What Matters Most

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.

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Mar 12, 2018

How To Help Bumble Bees With Mites

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.

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Jan 26, 2018

Should Bumble Bee Be Written As One Word Or Two?

A look at the rationale for writing bumble bee as two words rather than one (bumble bee instead of bumblebee).

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Jan 22, 2018

Free Book About Bees - Sladen's The Humble Bee

Free Book About Bees - download Sladen's classic about bumblebees - or follow the link for a free book about beekeeping.

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Dec 07, 2017

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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Nov 20, 2017

UK Government Could Back A Full Ban On Neonicotinoids

UK Government Could Back A Full Ban On Neonicotinoids Post Brexit, But Scottish Government Refuses To Back A Ban

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Nov 20, 2017

The Drone Bee: an overview of the life of a male honey bee

The Drone Bee: a light-hearted look at the life of the male honey bee and its role in the colony

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Nov 20, 2017

Pollen Stain Removal

Tips for pollen stain removal - how to remove and how to prevent pollen stains

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Nov 19, 2017

Bee Pollen And Weight Loss

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?

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Nov 19, 2017

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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Nov 19, 2017

Bee Pollen Nutrition

FACTS about the nutritional content of bee pollen, and comparisons with every day foods.

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Nov 17, 2017

Different Types Of Bees - How Do They Vary?

Different types of bees: what's the difference between honey bees, bumblebees and solitary bees? Find out here!

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Nov 16, 2017

Plants to Attract Bees: Shrubs, Hedgerows, and Trees

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.

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Oct 26, 2017

British Beekeepers Still Concerned About Neonicotinoids, According To Survey

British Beekeepers Still Concerned About Neonicotinoids, Accdording To Survey Oct 2017

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Oct 26, 2017

Where Do Bees Go In Winter?

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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