With the epic fight to stop Colony Collapse Disorder and save our honeybees still continuing, there's been a renewed interest in bee genetics. In particular, many beekeepers and gardeners are wondering whether hardier,
When I finally admitted defeat the other day and wound up having to compost my bees, I vowed to learn all I could from other beekeepers before getting another hive. Ever since I installed my first bee hive, I've been amazed by
Over the weekend I got to combine two of my biggest passions—composting and beekeeping. I'd like to say this was an exciting new permaculture experiment, but sadly it was just a case of facing up to my failure at
It wouldn't be the first time that researchers have claimed to solve the Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) mystery. In fact, everything from CO2 confusing bees' social structure to cell phone towers messing with bees'
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Everything from fungus to parasites, pesticides to disease, pollution to habitat loss, has been blamed for the startling—often sudden—declines in bee populations worldwide. Though a wide range of possible causes
Honeybees have had a hard time of late. Yet while Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) was all over the news last year, this year the media have found other crises to focus on. Sadly, that doesn't mean the problem has gone
I was just at Hayes Valley Farm this past Sunday, volunteering at the urban farm turning a crumbling freeway into crop land for local food production and education. I was working within 15 feet of two bee hives the entire
While finding a bees nest isn't always something to celebrate, looking past the stingers to focus on the architecture can help you see them in a whole new way. Throughout history, architects and designers have looked to
Unless you're collecting honey, finding a bees' nest isn't usually a welcome discovery -- especially when they're in or near your home. But beyond the buzzing and stinging, these builder colonies have a beauty all their own.
Take this flow
The flight patterns of bees in Britain is getting some special attention as scientists study potential causes for colony collapse disorder. Researchers are fitting tiny radio tags to the insects to monitor their flights