Archives – October, 2012

Bees can bite as well as sting

From: The Telegraph


By Louise Gray


Scientists have discovered bees not only bite enemies that are too small to sting, but paralyse their victims with a snake-like venom.


The insects use their tiny mandibles to bite animals that are too small to sting, like the wax moth and the parasitic varroa mite.


Like the snake bite, the bite contains a natural anaesthetic to paralyse the victim so the pest can be dragged out of the hive.


Leave a Comment October 17, 2012

Sweet Sideline Pastor plans honey of a retirement

From: Lovely County Citizen

By Jennifer Jackson


Beekeeper Phil Wilson isn’t afraid of bees, but he is respectful of them. He took the last honey of the year three weeks ago and will save the rest to help the bees survive the long winter. Photo by David Bell


It’s a natural antiseptic and an analgesic. It’s good for your complexion. It’s better for your system than sugar, and is a natural energy food. Marathon runners eat it before races. Hospitals use it to treat burns.


Leave a Comment October 16, 2012

USDA Conference on Honey Bee Health


The USDA convened a very interesting conference on the health of honey bees. Any observer who does not specialize in the subject had to be impressed—if not surprised—by the amount of research that has been conducted on bees. Upon consideration such an emphasis is understandable in that a significant portion of our food crops is dependent upon bees.


Salient points made at the meeting and observed by CRE include:


  —    Accolades to USDA for emphasizing bee health decline in lieu of CCD.


Leave a Comment October 15, 2012

Digital Beehive Counter Accurately Tracks Your Colony’s Collapse

From: Gizmodo

Andrew Liszewski


Trying to count the bees buzzing about in a hive is like trying to count the grains of sand on a beach. But if you’re worried the deadly virus that has been decimating beehives across the country might be jeopardizing your source of fresh honey, check out this honey bee counter that tracks the comings and goings of your hive’s population.


Leave a Comment October 15, 2012

When ‘Zombees’ Attack

From: The Daily Beast


The latest threat to the beleaguered honeybee? A parasitic fly that turns its prey into a flying zombie. Winston Ross on the ‘flight of the living dead’—and why we should all beware.


It was a dark December night, which is why the lights were on outside the biology building at San Francisco State University, where a professor named John Hafernik studies bees, butterflies, beetles, and other insects of note. Those lights, illuminating his building’s entryway, would catapult Hafernik into a story that reads like a mystery novel—or at least a B movie. Scattered on the sidewalk, just beneath the flickering bulbs, were a handful of honeybees.

Leave a Comment October 11, 2012

Objectivity Often Occurs When Title Editors Differ from Reporters

CRE Editor’s Note to  the University Times (Ireland)


We note a difference between the title of the following  article and its text. The title raises a question regarding the impact of pesticides on disappearing bees whereas the text is considerably more conclusive when it states: “New research points to widely used pesticide Clothianidin as a precursor to these mass disappearances…..It represents another triumph for corporate sponsored blinkering of our environmental awareness.”


We call your particlar attention to research conducted by a leading European scientist which  concludes that the Varroa mite spreads a lethal disease which results in bee health decline. “So the only way to control the virus is to control the levels of the mite..”

Leave a Comment October 9, 2012

Summer: Cycle of Northern California Bee Breeder


Bee Breeder Cycle II
The graphic above illustrates the basic cycle of beekeeping during the summer season in northern California

The graphic above illustrates the basic cycle of beekeeping during the summer season in northern California. Things like applying treatments and feeding are management decisions based on what the bees are doing in response to the environment around them. Feeding and treating is operation specific and location dependent.

Leave a Comment October 9, 2012

Particle Acceleration and Beehives

From: Symmetry – Dimensions of Particle Physics


About 30 percent of bees in the United States die of disease, infection or other causes each year, a number beekeepers say will have a serious impact on agriculture. Could particle accelerators be the solution?


Signe Brewster


Inside their hives, bees face a variety of enemies. Parasites transfer diseases. Bacteria infect honey. Fungi overwhelm larvae. These problems can become so rife that the hives are rendered inhospitable.


To save their bee colonies, some beekeepers turn to particle accelerators.


Leave a Comment October 8, 2012

Scientists hope that robot bees could help fight colony collapse

Editor’s Note:  The interview with James Marshall of the University of Sheffield is available (mp3 format) here.

From:  89.3 KPCC Southern California’s Public Radio


Colony Collapse Disorder is how scientists describe the mysterious die off of honey bees around the globe. Honey bees pollinate lots of different types of crops and researchers are concerned that food supplies could be affected by the disorder. The cause of colony collapse is still unknown but scientists in England are working on a project that could mitigate its effects.


Leave a Comment October 5, 2012

Varroa mite wreaks havoc in Swiss bee colonies



by Olivier Pauchard

Swiss beekeepers are hoping for a cold autumn and spring after last year’s mild temperatures turned honeycombs into honeyed tombs – mostly because of the Varroa mite, which feeds on healthy bees.


Leave a Comment October 3, 2012

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