Every time I read that honey bees are forced to eat refined sugar or high-fructose corn syrup, I cringe. Not because I think they should eat it, but because there is no “force” required. Bees just love the sweet stuff. A report about bees eating the wrong thing came from Utah earlier this month. A […] Read more
You have probably heard by now that 25,000 bumble bees were killed last Saturday in a shopping center parking lot in Wilsonville, Oregon. The parking lot is home to 55 European linden trees which were sprayed for aphids in spite of being loaded with bumble bees. The Oregon Department of Agriculture said, “tests on bees […] Read more
For those of you following this story, the controversy continues: Honey bee hive stirs up hornet’s nest of controversy on signal.
For me, one of the saddest stories resulting from hurricane Sandy was the devastation of twenty-five beehives belonging to the Brooklyn Grange. The hives were on a Navy pier and part of the grange’s urban farming project. I’ve read several accounts of the incident and seen many photos. One showed brood boxes, charmingly decorated by […] Read more
The Touchet Valley in eastern Washington is home to the largest population of managed alkali bees anywhere on earth. If you have never met an alkali bee, Nomia melanderi, they are solitary, ground-dwelling bees in the family Halictidae. Native to North America and smaller than a honey bee, they have bands of blue, green, or […] Read more
My daughter sent me a news article about bees on a rooftop restaurant in Kirkland, Washington. For those of you from elsewhere, Kirkland is an urban/suburban city outside of Seattle. If the name sounds oddly familiar, it’s because the city is home to Costco and its Kirkland Signature brand of products. Here’s an excerpt from […] Read more
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