Honey bee lives shortened after exposure to two widely used pesticides

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(Oregon State University) The lives of honey bees are shortened – with evidence of physiological stress – when they are exposed to the suggested application rates of two commercially available and widely used pesticides: sulfoxaflor and flupyradifurone. According to the researchers, this is the first study to investigate sub-lethal effects of these active ingredients.

Scientists decode honey bee queen toots and quacks in hive

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(BBC) Worker bees make new queens by sealing eggs inside special cells with wax and feeding them royal jelly. The queens quack when ready to emerge – but if two are free at the same time, they will fight to the death. So when one hatches, its quacks turn to toots, telling the workers to keep the others – still quacking – captive.

Journey to the musical center of the beehive

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(Modern Farmer) Bioni Samp’s music blends recordings of honey bees buzzing and humming with electronic music. Samp records bees using a digital recorder attached to a special frame he made with microphones. He has managed to isolate the sounds of different bees – queens, drones and workers. The result is a wall of sound, which Samp hopes will make people think about their relationship with nature.

Tennessee releases new specialty license plate to “Save the Honey Bee”

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(WJLE) The state recently unveiled the new “Save the Honey Bee” plate which is now available for sale at county clerk’s offices across the state. A portion of the fee from sales of the plates will be allocated to Honeybee Tennessee, a non-profit organization founded by Davis, to be used exclusively to support the mission of educating the community on the importance of honey bees, including providing funding for local schools and camps for the appropriate equipment and educational materials needed for beekeeping.

The Asian giant hornet resurfaces in the Pacific Northwest

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(New York Times) The Asian giant hornet has resurfaced in the Pacific Northwest, with two reported discoveries that indicate the invasive insect has already been circulating in a broader territory than previously known. On the U.S. side of the border, state entomologists received a report this week of a dead hornet on a roadway near Custer, Wash. Several miles north in Canada, a provincial apiculturist for British Columbia confirmed that one of the large hornets had been discovered in the city of Langley this month.

Honey bee venom vs. COVID-19?

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(National Center for Biotechnology Information/Toxicon) “There is one discovery we would like to report here… A total of 5115 beekeepers were surveyed from February 23 to March 8, including 723 in Wuhan, the outbreak epicentre of Hubei. None of these beekeepers developed symptoms associated with COVID-19… After that, we interviewed five apitherapists in Wuhan and followed 121 patients of their apitherapy clinic… none of them were infected eventually… Our purpose in writing this letter is to ask scholars with appropriate research conditions to test this assumption.”