Berlin’s bumbling beekeepers leave swarms without homes  The Guardian 9/8/2019

Radar tracking reveals how bees develop a route between flowers news 20/11/17
Looking at how bumblebees optimise their foraging routes

Neonicotinoid pesticides and nutritional stress 
Proceedings of the Royal Society  20/12/2017
Reporting on the combined effects of neonics and nutritional stress

Pesticides harm bees more than thought   Independent 20/12/17
The layman’s version of the above.

Can you pick the bees out of this insect lineup?  New York Times  11.9.17

Why hexagons are so useful in construction   Nautilus April 16

Towards pesticidovigilance    Science Magazine, 2017

Insect Hotels: Refuge or fad?  The Entomologist Lounge, September 18th.

Proving you are what you eat – what makes a queen?  New York Times 31st August

Are you serving your bees poisoned pollen?   Telegraph 15th July

Why I’m not a commercial beekeeper anymore. 

Stolen bees – how many?  Express May 4th

Stolen bees – BBC figures  May 5th

Oxalic acid and glycerin to treat varroa?  Honey Bee Suite

New Bee Club in Lancashire    The Westmorland Gazette

Read how wild birds help humans find honey   BBC 21.7.16

… and how bees help their mates keep cool  New Scientist  20.7.16

What were the bees doing in the grape hyacinths, asks the Guardian  29.6.16

Did you know that bees sleep between 5 and 8 hours a day?  But what do they dream about?   BBC

There has been a spike in the incidence of American Foul Brood (AFB) in Northern Ireland.   BBC 23 June 2016

I sometimes want to give my bees an ASBO, but in London these bees have been tagged.   Lets hope we get some interesting analysis as a result of the work by Queen Mary’s University.   BBC  21 June 2016


Swarm news!

Looks like some bees fancied a bit of joyriding.  Telegraph, 24th May.  Interestingly, the Telegraph reported the bees followed the car for 24 hours.  The metro picked up the story, but reported it with the bees following for 2 days.  Hmmm…

And in medialand, no swarm of bees is small.  Any gathering of more than 50 bees is reported as a huge swarm of bees.  They should have seen some of the ones I’ve seen ….

Never known for understatement, the Mirror describes apocalyptic scenes of terror in Mytholmroyd.  In other words, some bees flying around in someone’s garden.

Back in the real world, Bristol University reports on how bees pick up tiny electromagnetic signals emitted by flowers

And if you are still undecided on Brexit, the Telegraph reports that two leading environmental charities say the bugs will be better off if we stay in.   The ABKA website remains resolutely neutral on the subject.  But let us know if you agree or not.

The At Bristol Science Centre are doing a study to compare a city hive to a country hive, with live webcams at both!  Take a look.    The tweets from the bees are quite funny, and apparently this was featured in Springwatch, so some of you may have caught it.

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