The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth About Honeybees and Native Bees
Have honeybees been skating under the radar as people assume they are part of native North American wildlife? Doubters would say that installing honeybee hives to save bees is like raising chickens to protect birds. Some claim that the two efforts, although at first glance, may seem to be closely connected, are anything but. What…Read More
Look Who’s Cocooning! Butterflies and Bees Share the Stage
As part of the science curriculum from kindergarten, metamorphosis is well-known as how a caterpillar becomes a beautiful butterfly. Although widely accepted, what is less known is that butterflies and bees are not only partners in pollination but also cocooning. Some bee species undergo complete metamorphosis, forming cocoons to protect the larvae. If you are…Read More
Can Bees Be Considered Weapons?
Surprisingly, the answer is yes, and bees can be used as weapons. Wait, but can someone be charged for using bees as a weapon? Again, surprisingly, the answer is yes. This past week, a woman was charged with assault and battery, using bees as a weapon against law enforcement. Bees Used as Weapons Today The…Read More
Can Artificial Intelligence Replace Essential Pollinators?
In recent bee news, it seems technology and computers are becoming more intertwined in pollinators’ lives. Last month, we blogged about Oracle’s incredible technology to assist beekeepers worldwide in staying connected through a network designed to protect hives, food production, and bees from predators using early detection of hive irregularities. It appears now that a…Read More
Unpacking the Mystery BEE-hind Stingers
The main thing that separates bee lovers from haters is the sting. There is never an argument about their value to the ecosystem or their importance to pollination. However, people who are highly allergic, or do not know if they are allergic, are struck with fear when encountering a bee. Think about it – if…Read More
Research Proving Bees Make Choices and Deserve Better Treatment
Lately, it seems bees are making headlines on the internet almost daily. New research data regarding pollinators, bee catastrophes averted on tarmacs, and declining populations bring the bee’s relevance front and center. Recent studies found bees can feel pain and make choices on how much discomfort to endure, depending on the reward. In a study,…Read More