(Columbia Basin Herald) Bees were one of the topics discussed at by the Washington State Tree Fruit Association during the 115th annual meeting and Northwest Horticultural Expo. Dr. Natalie Boyle, of Penn State University, shared the research she recently completed on blue orchard bees.
The impact of the Australian wildfires has been devastating and terrifying. They pose a very real danger to the country’s immensely diverse insect populations. But the bushfires may have put one species of native Australian bee on the teetering brink of extinction.
(North Country Public Radio) The field of electric ecology: The surface of the earth, and the flowers growing from it, tend to have a more negative charge. Bees are moving and flying around, and tend to be more positive. So just like your hair with a balloon, the hairs on a bumble bee or honey bee tend to bend towards a flower in the presence of its static field. This helps guide the bee into the flower. Honey bees even seem to carry an indication of the flower’s charge back to their hive, helping to communicate the location of target flowers to hive mates.
(Reuters) Puerto Rican honey bees are abandoning hives as weeks of earthquakes disrupt colonies, raising concerns that a subspecies seen as a possible solution to the global bee crisis could take another hit after being decimated by hurricanes in 2017.
(2 Million Blossoms) “Our first issue has printed and shipped, but you can still get a copy… You can also download our PDF that includes the table of contents, guest editorial by Mark Winston, and the lovely piece by Craig Childs, along with the brief companion story on the original scientific research.”
(Gulf News) The United Arab Emirates is crossbreeding bees to develop a resilient Queen that can endure the harsh desert climate and sustain crucial pollination rates crucial for the country’s food security. And technology company Oracle is collaborating with the World Bee Project on a Global Hive Network using AI and cloud computing to track and retrieve data through sensors attached to hives.
(KNBN NewsCenter1) Rapid City may soon become a Bee City USA affiliate if the Rapid City Public Works and Common Council approves of the necessary steps. Bee City affiliates work to educate the public on the role and importance of pollinators.
(New York Times) Reframe your relationship with bugs. Cultivate a glorious mess. Take out your earbuds. Put your money where your values are. Vote.