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Robbing behavior can seriously weaken the target colony, and bees engaging in robbing may risk their lives via attack or transmission of disease and parasites..
John Butler's 'Lessons From Beekeeping'. John is 83 years old, and was a beekeeper for 40 years, and explains why he be became a 'leave-alone beekeeper'.
Some spider species catch bees in their webs, whilst others rely on a pounce and a fatal bite. The candy-striped spider has a sort of 'in-between' approach.
I sometimes get asked for advice about bee nests beneath garden decking - often it's bumble bees. If this is your concern, you may find the following useful.
Here's why wasps are great! From inspiring the invention of paper and helping combat cancer, to helping keep down garden and crop pests and pollinating plants!
Yes. Like other invertebrates, bees are part of the whole interconnected web of life that makes up the ecosystem, each living organism playing its own part.
What Food Group Is Honey In? Honey is categorized as a sugar and a sweetener. As a sugar, it falls into the umbrella group of ‘carbohydrates’. Learn more.
Honey refractometers measure moisture content of honey to help avoid problems like fermentation. Here's how they work, along with a video demonstration.
Crawling, Injured Bumble Bees. Why you may sometimes come across injured bees crawling on the ground or in the grass, and what you can do to help the bees.
Can I Remove A Bumble Bee Nest From A Compost Bin? One common query concerns the desire to move a bumble bee nest out of a compost bin. Here's my advice.
What Is Tupelo Honey? Tupelo Honey is a distinct, aromatic, premium-priced honey made by honey bees from the nectar they gather from the Tupelo tree.
Honey And Allergies: Is there a role for honey in treating allergies? Is it possible to have an allergic reaction to honey? A look at the evidence.
Honey and eczema: Is there any clinical evidence to support the use of honey for treating eczema (atopic dermatitis)? A summary of a number of clinical papers.
Bees use taste sensors like tiny hairs, which are located on the antennae, mouth parts and front feet. Bees are especially sensitive to sweet & salty tastes.
Bees Word Search Puzzles For Kids And Family:a variety of bee-themed word search puzzles free to download.
The Marsham's Nomad Bee: Description and photographs, including host species. How to tell the difference between Marsham's nomad bee and Gooden's nomad bee.
Bee-themed Activities For Kids At Home: a range of puzzles, activity sheets and ideas for activities with children.
How scientists and beekeepers are using a 'mite biting' colony trait in a breeding program to select for increased Varroa destructor resistance.
what are the signs of your dog being stung, how should you treat a dog for a bee sting, and when is a bee sting dangerous for a dog?
In a sense bees do indeed have teeth on their mandibles (jaws), although they are not 'teeth' like those found in the mouths of humans or other mammals.
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.
Why babies under 12 months old can't have honey (even if cooked). How and why honey can cause infant botulism. When is it okay to give a child honey?
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 here.
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’.
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