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Wildflowers for Bees And Pollinators: Rosebay willowherb provides nectar and pollen for bumble bees and honey bees in late summer.
Yes. Healthy honey bee poop is yellow in color, and is somewhat sticky. It might appear as yellow droplets or a longer sausage shape or 'splat'.
Bees Like Hypericum. It provides a rich source of pollen when colonies are growing. It can be comical to watch bees land on varieties with long stamens.
Babies, Honey And Infant Botulism: why babies under 12 months are susceptible to ‘infant botulism’, and why they should not be given honey (even if cooked).
Bee Nutrition and Floral Resource Restoration - Scientific Paper summary - Anthony D Vaudo et al Current Opinion in Insect Science 2015
A balanced overview: effects of honey on tooth enamel and general oral health, and potential to cause or prevent cavities, with reference to scientific studies.
Why does honey taste sweet? If you have a sweet tooth and you may be wondering why honey tastes so good. Let's look at the role of sugars, taste buds and aroma.
Does Honey Increase Blood Sugar? What is the GI of honey? Whilst honey is made by honey bees, nevertheless, it is primarily comprised of different sugars.
Which Honey Tastes The Sweetest? Differences in the nectar collected by bees affects flavor and sweetness of honey. Here's a comparison of 30 different honeys.
Is Honey Acidic Or Alkaline? What is the pH of different types of honey? Which acids are present in honey? A look at research to answer these questions.
Is it safe to give honey to cats and can cats taste it anyway? Here's why it's not advisable to feed honey to a cat, and why it won't taste the same to felines.
Can Honey Make You Fat? Not in itself, but If you consume large amounts of honey on top of your recommended requirement, you may well put on weight.
What is a bee? Are bees insects and are they bugs or a type of fly? Are bees animals and if so, are they mammals? Are bees invertebrates? Answers to common questions.
Contrary to popular belief, some bee species may forage on cool winter days, so it's a good idea to grow winter flowering shrubs for early emerging bees.
Reasons include: Food reward offered, nectar refill rate of the flower, foraging preferences of the bee species, seasonality, and peak nectar production.
Bees need flowers for food (nectar and pollen) but it may surprise people to learn that some species of bee have other uses for flowers and plants too!
Bees Love Sweet Box: Sarcococca confusa and hookeriana. These fragrant, winter flowering shrubs feed bees during the chilly months of January and February.
If you have tried to help an early emerging bumble bee queen that does not respond in the way you had hoped, here are some suggestions for next steps.
The fragrant flowers of Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill' provide nectar and pollen for early-emerging queen bumble bees and foraging worker honey bees.
According to research, the data show that in summer compared to spring or autumn, the bees fly further to bring back nectar that is not better in quality.
If you have a small, paved yard or a balcony, here's how to make the best use of space with containers, climbing plants, rockery plants and more to attract bees
Plant Hardy Geraniums For Bees -Hardy geraniums are among my favourite plants,. They attract many different bee species and are very easy to care for.
Honey bees can forage in cool temperatures. Some sources state a temperature as low as 55°F (12.5°C) but I have seen them foraging in lower temperatures.
Is It Bees, Bee’s Or Bees’? Here's an explanation of when to use the apostrophe and where to place it, with examples.
Bees Love Holly Flowers; The flowers of holly (Ilex) may be small and inconspicious, but they provide lots of nectar for different bee species.
Honey bees have hairy eyes. Read about how eye hair prevents flower pollen becoming stuck directly to the bee's eyes whilst foraging.
Bees love thistles, so if you want to photograph bees and pollinators, find a patch of thistles growing on a grassy verge or brownfield site on a sunny day.
The small whitish-green flowers of the wild vine, white bryony are attractive to bees, including honey bees, bumble bees and various solitary species.
The earliest form of chemical warfare may date back to Turkey, 65 BC. Surprisingly, honey bees played a role, producing toxic honey, also known as ‘mad honey’.
Also known as South American Vervain, apart from attracting bees and butterflies, Verbena bonariensis is easy to grow and relatively free of diseases.
Types Of Honey: Most honey sold is blossom honey, and is obtained either from a variety of flowers, although there are exceptions, such as aphid honeydew honey.
Yes, bees and wasps are related. Bees evolved from wasps. Both belong to the insect order Hymenoptera, and also to the suborder Apocrita. The suborder Apocrita.
If I were asked to list my top wildflowers for bees and pollinators, hemp agrimony would be on my list. This pretty plant can also be grown in the garden.
Commonly known as the 'butterfly bush', buddleia (or buddleja) are also popular shrubs with bees as well as butterflies. Moths also visit this hardy bush.
As bumble bees reach inside hollyhock flowers to get the nectar, their furry coats get covered in pollen. These lovely cottage garden flowers are easy to grow.
This is a summary of the recently published paper by Catarino et al: Bee pollination outperforms pesticides for oilseed crop production and profitability.
This is a summary of a research paper: Impacts of honeybee density on crop yield: A meta-analysis, by Rollin and Garibaldi.
Monitoring schemes highlight declines in Europe’s farmland birds.
Winter bird feeding tips, and how how bees and pollinators help provide food for hungry birds in Winter months
This puzzle book provides children with a fun way to learn about honey, bumble, mason, leafcutter, yellow-face, wool carder, plasterer, squash bees and more.
Nomada panzeri - Panzer's Nomad Bee - a cleptoparasitic bee species more commonly associated with wooded areas than other Nomada bee species.
Bee with a broken leg: can I nurse a bee back to health if it has a broken leg?
Japanese anemones provide lots of pollen for bees during Autumn. Honey bees, bumble bee species and hoverflies are especially keen.
Honey bees are not in danger of extinction, but they highlight environmental factors that are likely to affect wild species with more devastating effects.
Bloomed Furrow Bee - Lasioglossum albipes - Photographs, habitat, nesting and foraging habits. The name Lasioglossum means 'hairy tongue' in Greek.
Rudbeckia are one of the coneflowers. It's no surprise that with their lovely open, sunny faces, they are attractive to bees and butterflies alike.
National Union Of French Beekeepers and their 25 year fight against systemic insecticides.
Following court pressure, the Fish and Wildlife Service agreed to propose critical habitat for this once common but now seriously threatened bumble bee species.
Honey bees can be trained to sniff out and detect illnesses in humans, tuberculosis, such as lung cancer, skin cancer and diabetes with amazing accuracy!
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