Tag: behavior

Bees Teaching Each Other

Bees Teaching Each Other

When the light is low, it’s possible to follow a bee’s flight path. On occasion, a couple of bees leave a hive at the same time, and fly in close formation. After many observations it was obvious that one bee was following the other. Was it […]

Beebread and Core Gut Bacteria

Beebread and Core Gut Bacteria

Randy Oliver has published part 3 in his Re-evaluating Beebread series. This series and his other articles are worth reading. For me, that’s good news, as it  leads beekeepers from the nuke em disease/pest treatment model, to a more probiotic/symbiotic approach. And while at Randy’s […]

Historical Comb Cell Size

Historical Comb Cell Size

New research indicates that the basic premises for small cell beekeeping are in error. Brood foundation hasn’t been enlarged. And historical cell size measurements methods haven’t confused this issue. This confirms what I’ve written about  A.I. Roots observations. -bW

Bees and Hexagons

Bees and Hexagons

Radiolab does it again. Solved! A bee-buzzing, honey-licking 2,000-year-old mystery that begins here, with this beehive. Look at the honeycomb in the photo and ask yourself: (I know you’ve been wondering this all your life, but have been too shy to ask out loud … […]

Co-evolution of Bees and Mites

Co-evolution of Bees and Mites

At Beesource, Mike Bispham shared a paper describing the co-evolution of two European bee populations. Host Adaptations Reduce the Reproductive Success of Varroa Destructor in Two Distinct European Honey Bee Populations Dr. Tom Seeley suggested a similar process is at work in the Arnot Forest […]

Bumblebee Math

Bumblebee Math

The February 2012 National Geographic Magazine, page 26, describes an experiment testing how efficiently bumblebees navigate between flowers. Six artificial nectar sources were setup near a nest box. And individual foraging behavior was monitored. Here’s what they found: The flight of the bumblebee-even when not […]

Cell Entombment

Cell Entombment

A Guardian article describes cell entombment: But the bees’ last ditch efforts to save themselves appear to be unsuccessful – the entombing behavior is found in many hives that subsequently die off, according to Pettis. The presence of entombing is the biggest single predictor of […]