Category Archives: Bee Information

Mushrooms: The Latest Tool in the Fight Against Varroa Mites

Mushrooms: The Latest Tool in the Fight Against Varroa Mites

Honeybees have faced their fair share of environmental threats in recent years, and no threat is greater than the one posed by the parasitic varroa mite. These mites infest honeybee colonies, latching themselves onto the bees and infecting them with a deadly virus. If beekeepers don’t intervene to stop an infestation, it can destroy an… Continue Reading

Winter Honeybee Losses Lowest in More Than a Decade

Winter Honeybee Losses Lowest in More Than a Decade

There’s still plenty of work that needs to be done to protect America’s honeybee populations, but a recent survey of nearly 5,000 U.S. beekeepers has some much-needed good news for our favorite pollinators. According to the Bee Informed Partnership survey, American beekeepers lost 21 percent of their colonies during the winter of 2016. While this… Continue Reading

Beekeeper Develops Machine Learning App to Detect Varroa Mites

Beekeeper Develops Machine Learning App to Detect Varroa Mites

Machine learning is a complex process that involves training computers to analyze information. Now, thanks to an innovative program being developed by a Swedish beekeeper, machine learning may be applied to beekeeping to help detect Varroa mites. Bee colonies around the world are facing extreme pressure from a variety of threats. Millions of colonies are… Continue Reading

Scientists Study Honey Bees to Fight Organized Crime

Scientists Study Honey Bees to Fight Organized Crime

No matter how much we learn about honey bees, it seems there are always fascinating new insights to be gleaned about these remarkable creatures. Recently, scientists at the University of Granada in Spain developed an algorithm based on the social behaviors of honey bees that’s designed to help law enforcement agencies combat organized crime. A… Continue Reading