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Aug 26, 2020

Robber Bees - Why Honey Bees Rob Other Colonies And How To Prevent It

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..

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Aug 23, 2020

John Butler's Lessons From Beekeeping And 'Leave-Alone Beekeeping'

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'.

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Aug 03, 2020

How Candy-Striped Spiders Catch Bees

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.

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Jun 19, 2020

Bee Nest Under The Garden Decking?

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.

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Jun 05, 2020

10 Amazing Facts About Wasps

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!

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Jun 03, 2020

Do We Really Need Bees?

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.

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May 22, 2020

What Food Group Is Honey In?

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.

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May 19, 2020

Using A Honey Refractometer

Honey refractometers measure moisture content of honey to help avoid problems like fermentation. Here's how they work, along with a video demonstration.

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May 18, 2020

Crawling, Injured Bumble Bees

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.

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May 18, 2020

Can I Remove A Bumble Bee Nest From A Compost Bin?

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.

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May 12, 2020

What Is Tupelo Honey - And What Makes It Special?

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.

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May 10, 2020

Honey And Allergies

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.

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May 10, 2020

Honey And Eczema

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.

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May 08, 2020

How Do Bees Taste?

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.

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Apr 29, 2020

Bees Word Search Puzzles For Kids And Family

Bees Word Search Puzzles For Kids And Family:a variety of bee-themed word search puzzles free to download.

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Apr 28, 2020

Marsham's Nomad Bee - Nomada marshamella

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.

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Apr 23, 2020

Bee-themed Activities For Kids At Home

Bee-themed Activities For Kids At Home: a range of puzzles, activity sheets and ideas for activities with children.

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Apr 22, 2020

Varroa Resistant Honey Bees - The 'Mite-Biter' Honey Bees

How scientists and beekeepers are using a 'mite biting' colony trait in a breeding program to select for increased Varroa destructor resistance.

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Apr 20, 2020

Bee Stings And Dogs

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?

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Apr 19, 2020

Do Bees Have Teeth?

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.

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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

Why Babies Can't Have Honey: Honey And Infant Botulism

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?

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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 here.

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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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