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This large family of tiny bees is found all over the world
When I’m working outside in the summertime, I’m often annoyed by small bees that would rather land on me than the flowers I’m tending. They’re sweat bees, and range in...
Read how your garden can "bee" pollinator-friendly!
These tiny parasites attack honeybees and can destroy entire colonies
The varroa mite is a very serious pest of honeybees, destroying colonies worldwide. All hives have varroa mites, it’s just a matter of how many -- because if left to get out of control, they...
Honey bees that are acting strange may be infected by this tiny pest
A tiny fly native to North America has been known to parasitize native bumblebees and wasps. But just in the last few years, it’s been discovered attacking non-native honeybees. John...
Matt Reed found his calling thanks to one little bee that flew into his kitchen
One day in 2008, a honeybee flew into Matt and Jill Reed’s kitchen in Portland, Oregon. Matt fed it some honey, took it to the front porch, and let it go. Later on, Jill noticed dozens of bees...
The massive, buzzing clumps are looking for a new home
Have you ever seen a huge, buzzing cluster of honeybees hanging from a tree branch? To me, it’s both frightening and fascinating. Ric Bessin is an extension entomologist at the University...
This Michigan couple raises bees and makes an ancient drink from the honey.
Dave Hunter created a backyard garden solution to the declining honeybee
Honeybees are important pollinators for orchards, but they’ve been declining in numbers. Dave and Barb Hunter of Woodinville, Washington, aren’t waiting for researchers to solve the...
Moving hives can be stressful on the bees, so do it carefully
Backyard beekeeping is a fun hobby for people who want to produce their own honey and have a handy supply of pollinators. The insects can be kept almost anywhere, but there may be instances when you...
The varroa mite can kill off entire colonies of bees if left untreated
Enemy number one for honey producers is a tiny parasitic mite called the "varroa destructor", and is a prime suspect in colony collapse disorder. It's the size of a pinhead, but to a...