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2014-05-25 05:39:39

Garrett Staas for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Honey bees are able to help promote growth within their environment by spreading pollen and feeding on nectar, and according to a new study, bees are able to dance in order to tell their brethren where the nearest and most pollen rich sources can be found. Researchers from Europe call it the "waggle dance," which the bees use to convey specific information, including distance and direction, of sources for foraging. By...

2014-05-22 08:31:59

OAKDALE, Calif., May 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Burchell Nursery, California's leading innovator in fruit and nut trees for almost 75 years for commercial and home gardeners across the West, has introduced its newest variety, LONE STAR, a truly self-fertile almond tree in direct response to the needs of almond farmers: Barry Baker, 54, of Baker Farming Company in California's Central Valley, has decided to remove 20 percent of his almond trees, adding that sooner or later neighboring farmers...

2014-05-15 23:13:44

Green Festival’s youngest exhibitors will be creating buzz about honeybees and their raw honey products. Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) May 15, 2014 For its third year, Really Raw Honey (RRH), a multi-generational family-owned business, will put its 2014 exhibition into the hands of its young children (ages 4-16) to run at the Green Festival in Washington DC at The Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Some of the youngsters include Maliyah (age 4), Malaika (9), Sole’ (11), Nya (13), Kahlil...

2014-05-15 23:08:09

U.S. beekeepers lost more than one in five honey bee colonies in the winter of 2013-2014 and one in three colonies over the 12 months that ended in April 2014, according to a national survey published today. University of Maryland entomologist Dennis vanEngelsdorp led a team of 11 researchers in the survey of commercial honey bee colonies, which contribute $15 billion a year to U.S crop production. (PRWEB) May 15, 2014 U.S. beekeepers lost more than one in five honey bee colonies in the...

2014-05-15 08:29:00

LOS ANGELES, May 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Actor/Producer Frankie Cassavetes sponsors second reading of science fiction environmental screenplay "Pollen and the Ring of Harmony." The invitation-only event will be held at Hotel MdR Marina del Rey on Saturday, May 17 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. PST. This is the second in a series of readings before Mr. Cassavetes brings a reading for the general public. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140514/87719 Photo -...

2014-05-15 08:24:49

UMD-led national survey suggests all bee hives should be treated for common parasite COLLEGE PARK, Md., May 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. beekeepers lost more than one in five honey bee colonies in the winter of 2013-2014--significantly fewer than the winter before. But tough times continue for commercial beekeepers, who are reporting substantial honey bee losses in summer as well. Beekeepers who tracked the health of their hives year-round reported year-to-year losses of...

bee biodiversity
2014-05-12 09:14:56

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Farmers rely on bees to pollinate their crops and increase yields, and a new study from entomologists at North Carolina State University has found the biodiversity of bees in a local ecosystem can have a significant impact on crop yield. In the report, which was published in the journal PLOS ONE, the researchers showed that blueberry plants produce more seed and grow larger berries if they receive a more diverse range of bee species....

2014-05-08 23:02:05

Rising spring temperatures prompt many bee species to begin their search for the flowering plants they depend on for food — and which they propagate through pollination. But what would happen if this vital, mutually beneficial relationship goes out of synch due to climate change? Newark, NJ (PRWEB) May 08, 2014 The timing has been beautifully choreographed by nature. Rising spring temperatures prompt many bee species to begin their search for the flowering plants they depend on for food...

2014-05-06 23:16:42

A bold blend of honey that reminds us of the strength and character of our American pioneers. Bethesda, MD (PRWEB) May 06, 2014 Bethesda-based Bee America introduced three new honey blends earlier this year. These blends are based on original honey that sustained Americans as they explored and settled in the United States. Pioneer Honey is the second honey blend in this series. Pioneer Honey is characterized by its robust taste and sweetness. This honey is reminiscent of the tended straw...

2014-05-05 10:37:56

The rise and diversification of bi- and tricellular pollen in flowering plants With the bursting of spring, pollen is in the air. Most of the pollen that is likely tickling your nose and making your eyes water is being dispersed in a sexually immature state consisting of only two cells (a body cell and a reproductive cell) and is not yet fertile. While the majority of angiosperm species disperse their pollen in this early, bicellular, stage of sexual maturity, about 30% of flowering plants...


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Melissophobia
2013-12-24 11:13:46

Melissophobia or the fear of bees, from Greek melissa, meaning honey bee and phobos, meaning fear, and sometimes misspelled as melissaphobia and known also as apiphobia, is one of the most common fears among people and is kind of a specific phobia. The majority of the population have been stung by a bee or had friends or family members stung. A child may fall victim to a bee sting while playing outside. The sting can be rather painful and in some individuals results in swelling which might...

Heirloom plant
2013-09-20 13:16:15

Heirloom plants are plants that were grown centuries ago, handed down through the generations, and are still grown today without genetic modification. Heirloom plants maintain their traits year after year even though they are subjected to open pollination. Growing heirlooms is becoming more popular in North America and Europe because of their resistance to disease, pests, and extreme weather. Plants that have been genetically altered through artificial means, otherwise known as hybrids,...

Orchard Mason Bee, Osmia lignaria
2013-07-10 14:38:22

The orchard mason bee (Osmia lignaria), also known as the blue orchard bee, is a species of megachilid bee that is native to North America. Its range extends across the Rocky Mountains, where two subspecies are located. The nests of this species are made in natural hollows in which the bees will make separate rooms for larvae by creating walls with mud. The orchard mason bee can first be seen the early spring months, when temperatures reach about fifty-seven degrees Fahrenheit. Males leave...

Red Mason Bee, Osmia rufa
2013-07-10 12:25:16

The red mason bee (Osmia rufa or Osmia bicornis) is a solitary bee that can be found in a range that includes England, southern areas of Scotland, Sweden, Norway, North Africa, and Iran, among other areas. This species is typically seen during the spring and early summer months, but it can be seen until the end of June. Females hold two horns on top of the head, and a smaller sting than other bee species, while males do not hold horns or a sting. Although the red mason bee is classified...

Apiology
2012-10-15 16:00:21

Apiology is the scientific study of honey bees, a subdiscipline of melittology (the study of all bees), which is a subdiscipline of entomology. Melittology comprises of more than 17,000 species other than the honey bee. Apiology includes apicology, which is the study of honey bee ecology. Honey bees are often chosen as a study group to answer questions on the evolution of social systems. People who study honey bees are called apiologists. There have been a number of notable apiologists...

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grass-comber
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