Startup Looks to Honey Bees to Solve Traffic Problems

Startup Looks to Honey Bees to Solve Traffic Problems

With more people having products shipped right to their doors rather than shopping in stores, logistics companies are looking for clever new ways to optimize delivery routes and cut operating costs. When you take into account all the different locations that a single delivery truck travels between in a single day, this is easier said […]

Oslo Builds “Bee Highway” to Protect Local Pollinators

Oslo Builds “Bee Highway” to Protect Local Pollinators

Thanks to a collaborative effort from the citizens of Norway’s capital city of Oslo, urban pollinators now have a swath of new flowerbeds and green roofs to graze on. It’s called the bee highway, and it was designed by the Oslo-based environmental group ByBi in 2015. The group works with schools, businesses and residents in […]

Study Finds Pollutants Make it Harder for Bees to Pollinate

Study Finds Pollutants Make it Harder for Bees to Pollinate

When bees set out to look for nectar, they use their sense of smell to locate food sources thousands of feet away from their hives. In 2006, researchers studying the honey bee genome found that honey bees have 170 different odor receptors that are able to distinguish between the scent profiles of different types of […]

USDA Announces Partnership With Honey Bee Organizations

USDA Announces Partnership With Honey Bee Organizations

Last week, scientists, educators and legislators came together to discuss the plight of the honey bee during the eighth annual National Pollinator Week. All over the country, people met to learn more about pollinators and brainstorm new ways to protect their habitats from destruction.   In observance of this important yearly event, the USDA revealed […]

More than 1,000 Hives Were Stolen in California This Year

More than 1,000 Hives Were Stolen in California This Year

Every year, beekeepers from all over the country send hives to California to pollinate the Golden State’s many almond orchards. It takes millions of beehives to support the pollination needs of California’s almond growers, and each one of these hives costs $200 a piece. Now, the bee brokers who arrange contracts between beekeepers and farmers […]

Federal Agents Seize 60 Tons of Illegally Imported Honey

Federal Agents Seize 60 Tons of Illegally Imported Honey

When you hear about Homeland Security agents seizing illegal shipments at airports, the first things that probably come to mind are drugs, weapons, and maybe the occasional exotic pet. Last month in Chicago, however, federal agents confiscated 60 tons of something a little sweeter than they’re used to.     On April 28, authorities with […]

Watch a Biologist Explain How Bees Make Honey

Watch a Biologist Explain How Bees Make Honey

Ever wonder how bees convert the simple, sweet nectar in plants into thick, delicious, golden honey? You’re not alone.   For those of us without biology degrees, the process might seem as magical and mysterious as alchemy. Fortunately, Dr. Joe Hanson of PBS Digital Studios is here to explain how bees achieve this extraordinary – […]

San Antonio City Officials Relocate Honey Bee Filled Tree

San Antonio City Officials Relocate Honey Bee Filled Tree

Today, thousands of honey bees are settling into their new home in Victoria, Texas after taking a 120 mile road trip across the Lone Star State. The bees originated in the Five Points neighborhood of San Antonio where they had taken up residence in a large tree adjacent to a number of homes and businesses. […]

MLB Manager Earns Reputation as Protector of the Bees

MLB Manager Earns Reputation as Protector of the Bees

Last year, Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost made local headlines when he lamented the killing of a swarm of bees at a spring training game.  The swarm hat descended on a microphone mounted behind home plate and was making fans and players uneasy. Rather than relocating simply the bees, a maintenance worker was dispatched […]

Researchers Identify Human Cause of Honey Bee Virus

Researchers Identify Human Cause of Honey Bee Virus

Honey bees have had their fair share of hardships in recent years. Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has ravaged bee populations throughout North America and Europe, and scientists have only just recently begun to understand what’s behind the disturbing phenomenon. To begin with, a common class of pesticide is impairing the neurological function of honey bees, […]