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Apr 07, 2020

Bees And Pollinators Visit Rosebay Willowherb

Wildflowers for Bees And Pollinators: Rosebay willowherb provides nectar and pollen for bumble bees and honey bees in late summer.

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Apr 06, 2020

Do Honey Bees Poop?

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'.

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Apr 03, 2020

Bees Like Hypericum - St John's Wort

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.

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Apr 01, 2020

Babies, Honey And Infant Botulism

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).

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Apr 01, 2020

Bee Nutrition and Floral Resource Restoration

Bee Nutrition and Floral Resource Restoration - Scientific Paper summary - Anthony D Vaudo et al Current Opinion in Insect Science 2015

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Mar 30, 2020

Is Honey Bad For Your Teeth?

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.

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Mar 22, 2020

What Makes Honey Taste Sweet?

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.

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Mar 21, 2020

Does Honey Increase Blood Sugar Levels?

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.

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Mar 20, 2020

Which Honey Tastes The Sweetest?

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.

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Mar 20, 2020

Is Honey Acidic Or Alkaline? Which Acids Are Present In Honey?

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.

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Mar 19, 2020

Can Cats Taste Honey?

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.

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Mar 18, 2020

Can Honey Make You Fat?

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.

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Mar 04, 2020

What Is A Bee? Is A Bee An Insect, Bug, Invertebrate, Animal, Mammal?

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.

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Mar 02, 2020

Winter Flowering Shrubs For Bees

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.

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Feb 21, 2020

Why do bees visit some flowers and not others? Here are 6 reasons

Reasons include: Food reward offered, nectar refill rate of the flower, foraging preferences of the bee species, seasonality, and peak nectar production.

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Feb 19, 2020

Why do bees need flowers and plants?

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!

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Feb 10, 2020

Bees Love Sweet Box - Sarcococca confusa and Sarcococca hookeriana

Bees Love Sweet Box: Sarcococca confusa and hookeriana. These fragrant, winter flowering shrubs feed bees during the chilly months of January and February.

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Feb 07, 2020

How Can I Help An Early Emerging Bumble Bee Queen In Winter?

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.

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Feb 03, 2020

A Fragrant Winter Flowering Shrub For Bees - Daphne bholua

The fragrant flowers of Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill' provide nectar and pollen for early-emerging queen bumble bees and foraging worker honey bees.

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Jan 31, 2020

Do honey bee foraging distances vary according to season?

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.

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Jan 27, 2020

6 Tips For Making A Small Paved Yard Attractive For Bees & Pollinators

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

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Jan 21, 2020

Plant Hardy Geraniums For 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.

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Jan 16, 2020

Do Honey Bees Forage In Cool Temperatures?

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.

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Jan 14, 2020

Is It Bees, Bee’s Or Bees’?

Is It Bees, Bee’s Or Bees’? Here's an explanation of when to use the apostrophe and where to place it, with examples.

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Dec 09, 2019

Bees Love Holly Flowers

Bees Love Holly Flowers; The flowers of holly (Ilex) may be small and inconspicious, but they provide lots of nectar for different bee species.

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Dec 05, 2019

Honey Bees Have Hairy Eyes

Honey bees have hairy eyes. Read about how eye hair prevents flower pollen becoming stuck directly to the bee's eyes whilst foraging.

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Nov 29, 2019

Wildflowers for Bees And Pollinators: Thistles

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.

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Nov 25, 2019

White Bryony Is Attractive To Bees

The small whitish-green flowers of the wild vine, white bryony are attractive to bees, including honey bees, bumble bees and various solitary species.

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Nov 24, 2019

Toxic Honey ("Mad Honey")

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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Nov 21, 2019

Bees and Butterflies Love Verbena bonariensis (Purple top)

Also known as South American Vervain, apart from attracting bees and butterflies, Verbena bonariensis is easy to grow and relatively free of diseases.

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Nov 20, 2019

Types Of Honey: Cut Comb, Mono-floral, Honeydew - What Are You Buying?

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.

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Nov 18, 2019

Are Bees And Wasps Related?

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.

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Nov 14, 2019

Wildflowers For Bees And Pollinators: Hemp Agrimony

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.

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Nov 13, 2019

Buddleia For Bees And Butterflies

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.

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Nov 12, 2019

Plant Hollyhocks For Bees

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.

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Oct 25, 2019

Bee pollination outperforms pesticides - according to new study

This is a summary of the recently published paper by Catarino et al: Bee pollination outperforms pesticides for oilseed crop production and profitability.

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Oct 24, 2019

Impacts of honeybee density on crop yields: a meta-analysis

This is a summary of a research paper: Impacts of honeybee density on crop yield: A meta-analysis, by Rollin and Garibaldi.

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Oct 24, 2019

BirdLife International: Decline Of Europe's Farmland Birds

Monitoring schemes highlight declines in Europe’s farmland birds.

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Oct 21, 2019

Tips For Feeding The Birds In Winter - And How Bees Help

Winter bird feeding tips, and how how bees and pollinators help provide food for hungry birds in Winter months

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Oct 14, 2019

Brilliant Bees Puzzle Book

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.

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Oct 12, 2019

Nomada panzeri - Panzer's Nomad Bee

Nomada panzeri - Panzer's Nomad Bee - a cleptoparasitic bee species more commonly associated with wooded areas than other Nomada bee species.

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Oct 07, 2019

Bee With A Broken Leg

Bee with a broken leg: can I nurse a bee back to health if it has a broken leg?

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Oct 07, 2019

Bees Love Japanese Anemones - A Lovely Autumn Flowering Plant For Bees

Japanese anemones provide lots of pollen for bees during Autumn. Honey bees, bumble bee species and hoverflies are especially keen.

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Oct 02, 2019

Honey Bee Declines - Why Should We Be Concerned About Honey Bees?

Honey bees are not in danger of extinction, but they highlight environmental factors that are likely to affect wild species with more devastating effects.

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Oct 01, 2019

Bloomed Furrow Bee - Lasioglossum albipes

Bloomed Furrow Bee - Lasioglossum albipes - Photographs, habitat, nesting and foraging habits. The name Lasioglossum means 'hairy tongue' in Greek.

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Sep 30, 2019

Plant Rudbeckia For Bees And Butterflies

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.

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Sep 27, 2019

UNAF: French Beekeepers' 25 Year Fight Against Systemic Insecticides

National Union Of French Beekeepers and their 25 year fight against systemic insecticides.

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Sep 26, 2019

A Little Hope For The Rusty Patched Bumble Bee?

Following court pressure, the Fish and Wildlife Service agreed to propose critical habitat for this once common but now seriously threatened bumble bee species.

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Sep 26, 2019

Honey Bees Can Detect Illness In Humans

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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