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CATCH THE BUZZ- Honey Bee losses, it’s not Just the US

Excess pesticide use threatens Turkey’s bee population, experts say BY DAILY SABAH  ISTANBUL TURKEY A beekeeper shows a honeycomb covered in honeybees, in Giresun, Turkey, May 17, 2021. (AA Photo) Turkey has been witnessing a concerning reduction in bee populations across the country, and according to experts, excessive pesticide use and climate change could be the culprits in mass colony disappearances.…
UOVBA News Bot
June 15, 2021
American Bee Journal

The Classroom – June 2021

Q  Mysterious Leg Spine/Spur   On the mid-legs is the spine or spur. What is the consensus on its function? I guess it is referred to as a “wax spur” by many, thinking it is used to move wax flakes. I think I saw another reference to it being used to move pollen pellets. Do we really know what that…
UOVBA News Bot
June 15, 2021
American Bee Journal

Invasion of the Honey Plants

It’s not surprising that beekeepers are often in favor of invasive plants that “normal people” find objectionable. After all, honey bees are themselves invasive. Once they landed in North America via the Jamestown colony, honey bees lost no time distributing themselves across the continent. They engulfed the wildlands in a fashion that defines invasive, thriving not only where you put…
UOVBA News Bot
June 15, 2021
American Bee Journal

Making Sense of the Crowd

Automated tracking technologies allow researchers to monitor behaviors of all the honey bees in a hive simultaneously Companies are getting better and better at targeted advertising. Every day, sophisticated computer algorithms track our online activity and location data in an effort to feed us ads that are more likely to stick. Although nobody is actually watching us, it can feel…
UOVBA News Bot
June 15, 2021
American Bee Journal

Notes from the Lab – June 2021

Everyone’s getting vaccinated … Do honey bees run vaccination programs, too? As I write this, 40% of people in the U.S. have received at least their first dose of the COVID vaccine and 26% are fully vaccinated. That corresponds to 133 million people receiving one dose and 86 million people being fully vaccinated. Wow, talk about an impressive mass-vaccination program!…
UOVBA News Bot
June 15, 2021