If you’re a gardener, you’re likely to have developed a fascination with bees. Einstein predicted that if bees disappeared that human beings would cease to exist in 4 years. Let’s not find out if he was correct. Although I have another page dedicated to bees with PDFs, links and videos – this page is about the bees crisis now. Please comment below and share your thoughts or other resources of how we can help the bees now. You can also find plant guides, pdfs, articles and videos on my Bee page here.
Recent Bee News
Even though the EU and some other countries have banned neonicotinoids, the EPA was slow in doing so – good news in April 2015, there is a least a moratorium now –
EPA Restricts Use of Pesticides Suspected of Killing Bees
Protests in 2014 at Home Depot in the US and Lowes have at least promted Lowes to publicly announce that it will ban all bee killing pesticides –
Lowe’s to Stop Selling Neonic Pesticides Linked to Bee Deaths
Colony Collapse Disorder and Neonicotinoids
Can Cities Save Our Wild Bees
Slow Motion of How Bees Fly
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Bees Collecting Pollen
Bee pollen slow motion Flow™ Hive
Raising Bees on Rooftops
Micahel Schacker's Message Saving the Bees
Dance of the Honeybees
Can Cities Save Our Wild BeesWhere are pollinators? The Insect Pollinators Initiative (IPI), a nationwide [UK] research collaboration with the singular aim of exploring the lives of bees and other pollinators. Tthere are more than 250 species of wild and solitary bees living among us: in trees, unused mouse holes, bricks and hotels....And increasingly, they’re moving into urban environments.
Slow Motion of How Bees FlyIt wasn't actually figured out exactly how bees fly until 2006! Here's is a slow motion clip showing a bee in flight
Bees Collecting PollenThe White Tailed Bumble Bee, a video of bees pollinating flowers - this even has a slow motion portion in the video - very well done. Film by David Vickers.
Bee pollen slow motion Flow™ HiveTake a look at these fascinating little creatures as they collect pollen for their bee bread. See them flying, spinning & sometimes colliding as they come in and out of a . Flow™ Hive is revolutionising the collection of honey with their new hive design. and in April 2015 raised over 9 million dollars to produce this new hive.
Raising Bees on RooftopsThe University of Minnesota Bee Squad is raising honeybees on the rooftops of several buildings in Minneapolis & St. Paul. Because colony collapse is a major problem, the rooftop bee colonies give the Bee Squad unused space to raise bee colonies and watch their progress, learning more about pests such as the Varroa mite, as well as monitoring the ability of the bees to forage from a rooftop location. I followed the Bee Squad during the spring and summer of 2014 to shoot a story on their work, beginning in April when there was still snow on the ground and finishing with the first jar of honey produced in late August from the rooftop bees at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. [Film by Judy Griesedieck]
VideoGeeks: Shot on Red Epic at 300fps. BugGeeks: The bees fan the entrance of the hive to regulate the colony temperature (and to clear the smoke we were using on them) [Film by Jesse Rosten]
Micahel Schacker's Message Saving the BeesPlan BEE - A message from Micahel Schacker - Saving the Bees
Dance of the Honeybees
A short and sweet documentary about bees from Bill Moyers and Company’s YouTube Channel
What are neonicotinoids?source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neonicotinoid
Help out this citizen action science project
Aimed at helping bees and other pollinators, you grow sunflowers and report back your observations. You can learn all about the project at the following link:
Here is more detailed info in an article written about the project by Scientific American
The Great Sunflower Project
The European Red List of Bees [Presented by IUCN Global Species Programme | IUCN European Union Representative Office]
The following links are indexes of bee articles from many publications: