Posts Categorized: Fun Facts

Top Bar Hives

https://beeinformed.org/2014/11/25/top-bar-hives/

It’s hard to beat a Langstroth hive for its modularity, productivity, and convenience but it can also be interesting to play with bees in a different configuration. I was introduced to bees and learned beekeeping in New Zealand and I’m always looking for opportunities to see bees in new locations and contexts. In reading about…

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Honeydew: A Mixed Blessing

https://beeinformed.org/2014/09/25/honeydew-a-mixed-blessing/

When Americans think of honey, most of us assume it comes from floral sources—basically bees collect flower nectar, add enzymes, and evaporate moisture to produce the finished product. However, I was recently talking to a friend who grew up near the Black Forest in Germany, and he told me as a child that his mother…

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Bee Educated! A Semester with Pollinaterps

https://beeinformed.org/2014/05/21/bee-educated-a-semester-with-pollinaterps/

I’ve been around the research block a few times.  In high school, I was involved in a student lead permafrost research initiative where I got the chance to travel to Churchill, Manitoba and get my hands dirty with my first taste of fieldwork.  I started in on-campus research way back in my very first semester…

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Bees in the Classroom

https://beeinformed.org/2014/04/25/bees-in-the-classroom/

Have you ever thought about teaching your kids, grandchildren, a young family friend, or even a class at a local elementary school about honey bees? Well, I have! I love going into elementary classrooms and teaching the youth about honey bees. They are our next generation of bee keepers, farmers, scientists, and researchers so we…

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Apitherapy: Bee Healthy!

People have long venerated bees for their honey production and crop pollination. Few people know that bees can do more than that. Bee byproducts are now widely used as health supplements, and doing something as simple as eating local honey can give you health benefits. This blog will review a few common bee byproducts and…

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Honey is more than just a sweet treat

https://beeinformed.org/2013/11/25/honey-is-more-than-just-a-sweet-treat/

Honey has many uses besides being a delicious food consumed by our favorite flying friends and us. I found some wonderful home remedies I would like to share and try. Honey can help heal open wounds and treat burns.  According to an article in Scientific World Journal (2011), honey‘s antibacterial properties can kill off bacteria…

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How dogs’ incredible sense of smell can help beekeepers

https://beeinformed.org/2013/11/22/how-dogs-incredible-sense-of-smell-can-help-beekeepers/

Dogs are truly amazing, not only for their loyalty and affection but also for their incredible sense of smell. It is common knowledge that their nose easily overpowers our own.  In fact, it’s approximately 10,000 times better according to researchers at FSU. James Walker describes it well: “If you make the analogy to vision, what…

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Large Pests of Honey Bees

There are many pests of honeybees. I will discuss a few of the larger animals. The Mid-Atlantic Apicultural Research & Extensions Consortium has a great publication on the topic http://agdev.anr.udel.edu/maarec/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Pests_of_Honey_Bees_PM.pdf. Like Winnie the Pooh, bears love to chow down on brood and honey. Their quest for honey results in a hive being destroyed in the…

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Whole Foods Market Takes a Stand

https://beeinformed.org/2013/09/05/whole-foods-market-takes-a-stand/

The rapid decline in the honey bee population for the past several years may not set a blaring red alarm to the average person, but did you know that one out of every three bites of food you consume comes from plants pollinated by honeybees? Now you’re paying attention! The continuing decline of pollinators comes…

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