(Scientific American) “It is said that there are at least two distinct races of stingless bees in South America, but these races have not much value as honey gatherers, and moreover they build combs with very thick-walled cells, and probably they would not be worth cultivating as compared with the European, Asiatic and African races. But if we can cross our bees with the giant bees of India and obtain a race with a long proboscis and perhaps increased size (if that should prove to be of any advantage), and cross this improved race with the South American stingless bees, we shall then have a race of bees which it will be difficult to improve.”
(EurekAlert/Pensoft) Restoration work on a cathedral in Panama uncovered around 120 clusters of nearly two-centuries-old orchid bee nests built on the altarpiece. The bee species that constructed the nests was identified as the extremely secretive Eufriesea surinamensis.
(Cosmos) Eva Crane was one of the greatest writers on bees and beekeeping in the 20th century. See wrote and published hundreds of papers, articles and books. She helped create one of the world’s major databases on bee science. And her honey bee studies took her to more than 60 countries, “sometimes traveling by dugout canoe or dog sled to document the human use of bees from prehistoric times to the present”.
(Taos News) Melanie Kirby, owner of a bee farm near Vadito, New Mexico, was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to pursue her questions about the possible connections between New Mexico and Spanish bees by traveling to Spain. Did the initial Spanish explorers and settlers bring bees with them to New Mexico, as they did with their grapes and other cultural and traditional practices?