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CATCH THE BUZZ- The Bees, They’re Gone.

The bees, they’re gone. Beekeeper Clay Ford, who owns the Pleasants Valley Honey Company, also known as “Clay’s Bees,” is devastated. The fast-moving Vacaville Fire, part of the LNU Lightning Complex fires, claimed 73 of his 81 beehives. Gone, millions of bees. At an average of 60,000 per hive, that’s about 3.9 million bees. The estimated loss: about $30,000. And…
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August 29, 2020
Bee Culture

CATCH THE BUZZ- Beekeeper Fire Losses, Beyond Heartbreaking

It’s heartbreaking. Beyond heartbreaking. Caroline Yelle, 28, owner of Pope Canyon Queens (PCQ) at 8307 Quail Canyon Road Quail Canyon Road, Vacaville, lost her business when the lightning-sparked Hennessey Fire, part of the LNU Lightning Complex Fire, swept through rural Vacaville on Aug. 19 from Napa County. The raging wall of flame “destroyed everything.” She has nothing left but hope.…
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August 28, 2020
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CATCH THE BUZZ – Feeding on Nectar…More than one way

Researchers discover honey bees have more than one way to feed on nectar By: Bob Yirka – Phys.org (a) Four micrographs of a honeybee sucking the artificial nectar. (b) Six micrographs of a honeybee lapping the artificial nectar. Credit: Biology Letters (2020). 10.1098/rsbl.2020.0449 A team of researchers from Sun Yat-Sen University, Kiel University, and the University of Washington has found…
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August 27, 2020
Bee Culture

CATCH THE BUZZ- Lead from Notre Dame Fire in Honey

Toxic Lead from Notre Dame Cathedral Fire Found in Local Honey Eric Mack – Contributor Paris, France – April 15: Flames and smoke are seen billowing from the roof at Notre-Dame Cathedral When the iconic cathedral at Notre Dame in Paris burned in 2019, it not only destroyed some pieces of world history, it also released the dangerous legacy of…
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August 26, 2020
Bee Culture

CATCH THE BUZZ – Problem of Mooching Bees

How to solve the problem of mooching bees What if people invested cooperatively in ecosystem services like bee pollination, the same way that we collectively pool other resources? By: Cara Giaimo Imagine you’re a farmer. Knowing that wild bees help out with pollination, and that they fare much better in natural or semi-natural landscapes than in fully farmed ones, you’ve…
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August 24, 2020
Scientific Beekeeping

2009 Almond Pollination Outlook

2009 Almond Pollination Outlook Randy Oliver ScientificBeekeeping.com First published in ABJ November 2008   This is again the time of year when beekeepers want someone to look into the crystal ball and make predictions about the upcoming pollination season.  No one that I know of has such a clairvoyant device, but we can certainly discuss The post 2009 Almond Pollination…
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August 22, 2020
Bee Culture

CATCH THE BUZZ- Growing Green

Aaaah, summer…what can be better than summer’s many pleasures, like hearing birds singing, and watching bees and butterflies flit from flower to flower? Most of us enjoy the sight of these small creatures, but did you know we also need them to survive? From pollinating our crops, to spreading nutrients and seeds, to building up soil, to cleaning up what…
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August 20, 2020