Posts Categorized: Fun Facts

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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Spelling Bee

https://beeinformed.org/2013/07/11/spelling-bee/

Bees are intertwined not only directly and indirectly with the food we eat, but also in our vocabulary. Chances are you have either competed in a spelling bee, know someone who has or have seen it in the media. Spelling bees have been around for quite some time, yet few know how our favorite insect,…

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“Bee” Movies

https://beeinformed.org/2013/05/14/bee-movies/

Bees truly are everywhere. Even in cinema you can find them. With the anticipation of the 2013 summer movies, I thought I would investigate movies with bees as a main character.  I came across a few classics: The Deadly Bees (1966), Killer Bees (1974) and The Bees (1978). The movie posters are amazing.Then there are…

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To Bee Or Not To Bee

https://beeinformed.org/2013/05/06/to-bee-or-not-to-bee/

Ghonva Ghauri is a pre-med physiology and neurobiology major at University of Maryland. She is part of our ongoing Nosema project which is focused on the examination of individual bees for Nosema spores. Aside from microscopy, Ghonva has shown an interest in how honey bees have become a part of human cultures across the world. This…

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Universal Hive

https://beeinformed.org/2013/04/11/universal-hive/

The universal hive can be used to solve many everyday beekeeping challenges including how to maximize the potential and ultimately the production of a hive by means of increasing its worth through the diversification of its function. Beekeepers can be measured by their ability to act and react to an ever changing environment. They possess…

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Gardening for Pollinators

https://beeinformed.org/2013/04/04/gardening-for-pollinators/

Warm weather is just around the corner which makes this the perfect time of year to begin planting a garden. Working in the garden is relaxing, a great form of exercise and adds to aesthetics of your yard, plus you get lots of yummy home-grown veggies! But why stop here? Knock two birds out with…

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Sampling in the Deep South

https://beeinformed.org/2013/03/06/sampling-in-the-deep-south/

After spending about a month in California, I flew south to meet Jody Gerdts and travel around East Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi for three weeks. While most of the bees in the country are in California for almond pollination, there are a few beekeepers that have or bring bees down to the South for producing…

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