Honeybees let out a ‘whoop’ when they bump into each other | New Scientist

How it looks from here…   The bees aren’t saying “Whoop”  or even “whoops” like it seems to suggest.  From reading the article and knowing bees, it’s probably more like, “Hey!” or “Hey there!”

Whoops, please.  There’s no “whooping” in a bee hive.  Bees gots things to do and places to bee.  There’s no time for “whooping”.

Just saying.

A vibrational pulse that was thought to be a “stop” signal between bees may actually be a startled response when they collide

Source: Honeybees let out a ‘whoop’ when they bump into each other | New Scientist

IU-based agriculture startup to begin R&D of beehive sensors

From a Bee Smart point of view, this is very interesting.  Younger people getting interested and involved in bees and beekeeping.  Advancing information and knowledge about the inner workings of the hive.  Creating opportunities and furthering the positive use of technology to study and manage bee hives.

What’s not to love about this?

BLOOMINGTON — An agriculture technology startup called The Bee Corp. has been launched to monitor conditions inside commercial beehives.

Source: IU-based agriculture startup to begin R&D of beehive sensors

Robot Bees vs Real Bees – Why Tiny Drones Can’t Compete With the Real Thing

I find it interesting to see scientists comment on other science reports.  It’s part of the whole process.  It also provides insight into studies and topics from people who may have extensive experience in a particular related area from a different point of view.

Conflicting or in agreement,  science and technology ultimately benefit from peer review.   Like the author, I can see specific use cases.  In general though, nothing can beat our bees.

Researchers in Japan have been using miniature drones covered with sticky hairs to act like robotic bees to counter the decline of natural pollinators.

Source: Robot Bees vs Real Bees – Why Tiny Drones Can’t Compete With the Real Thing

Honey Bees May Be Harmed By Crop-Protecting Fungicides

While I won’t say if this is a “thing” yet, I will admit that I won’t bee surprised.  Bees are such complex creatures not only because of each one’s physiology, but the very nature of the super-organism we know as the colony.

This describes sub-lethal effects that don’t get looked for in regular testing most of the time.  Until a few years ago, even the EPA wasn’t thinking about sub-lethal effects on pesticides being submitted for use in the U.S. and didn’t include testing for it.

It certainly gives us something else to add to the discussion when discussing bee nutrition and environments.   

Farmers rely on fungicides to prevent those brown spots that can ruin an otherwise perfectly delicious apple. But, it turns out, those fungicides could be hurting honey bees.

Source: Honey Bees May Be Harmed By Crop-Protecting Fungicides

Bee Smart Update: 2-11-17

Yes, it’s a day late but NOT a dollar short.

Since the last update we’ve continued to add great new content on the Bee Smart website here.

Episode 5 of the Bee Smart Weekly podcast came out.  Guest podcaster was John Winkler from the Papio-Missouri River NRD was in the studio with us talking about bee friendly large scale land management.

After that we showed a Bee Smart video tour of the Sioux City, IA Dadant Bee Supplies and talked with General Manager Jim Raders.  Bee Crew member Antnee G picked up his first beekeeping gear also.

A really spiffy article about honey bee behaviors as they relate to age and specificity was posted.

To boot, since this update is a day late, I’ll toss you a link to the freshest podcast release just today (the podcasts are released on the website every Saturday for those who don’t want to wait.)  This podcast invites Dean Stiglitz of “Complete Idiot’s Guide To Beekeeping” notoriety to talk about beekeeping books with us.

As always, we had several other posts and links to news about bees and beekeeping across the internet, Usually with a bit of an editorial to introduce it.

Please remember to check the Bee Smart website frequently and feel most welcome to sign up and help us build the community on the Forums there as well.

Bee Smart Podcast Episode 6; Beekeeping Books with Dean Stiglitz

This week the Bee Smart crew had Dean Stiglitz, Co-Author of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Beekeeping” (Hey, I resemble that remark!) with Laurie Herboldsheimer, sit in on the podcast to chat about all things beekeeping books.  We covered everything front print books to Audio books and beeing who we are, also get sidetracked.  That’s what we do.

Listen to “Episode 6 -Bee Books Special Guest Dean Stiglitz” on Spreaker.

New regs for Friday: Bumblebees and more

The Trump White House has issued an order to delay certain listings that they want to look over before enacting.  Caught up in that is the listing of the Rusty Patch Bumblebee to the protected species list.

Fish and Wildlife has consequently delayed the official listing for 60 days until March 21st to comply with the White House order.

President Trump’s regulatory moratorium captures protections for bumble bees in Friday’s edition of the Federal Register.

Source: New regs for Friday: Bumblebees, farmers, fishermen

Taming Aggressive Bees

We know that stinging is a defensive behavior for honey bees.  Some species and breeds of honey bees go about that defensive reaction across a spectrum of aggressiveness.  While some are relatively docile or low key to get “fired up”, others are on a seeming hair trigger to explosive response.

What are the determining factors to how aggressively a given type of honey bee or breed of bee will respond?  Are they genetic, chemical, or behavioral?  Some some combination of some of all of the above.

Someone is looking into the subject and may bee trying to breed a different type of bee based on that.

By Jonathan Wilkins – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=40222605

(Inside Science) — James Nieh, a professor at the University of California, San Diego, has been studying bees for decades. He’s often a go-to expert on bees.“I often get people who ask me, ‘what about those killer bees, those Africanized bees?’ And it turns out that these guys are beneficial in the environment for a variety of reasons, beneficial in the sense that they do better than the European honeybee,” said Nieh.

Source: Taming Aggressive Bees

Despite few taste genes, honey bees seek out essential nutrients based on seasonal resources

Honey bee nutrition is always a topic of great concern for keepers of bees.  Seasonal changes in mineral needs for the colony are important, especially as we work to prepare hives for annual weather events such as Winter or other environmental shifts such as dealing with dearth due to intense heat.  Of course, for migratory apiarists and those with stationary bee yards in more “challenging” locations that are sometimes referred to as “food deserts”, maintaining healthy bee colony nutrition becomes even more of a concern.

Hmm, but as this article goes on to show, the more information we find about bees, the more questions we have.

MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE (February 9, 2017) – Despite having few taste genes, honey bees are fine-tuned to know what minerals the colony may lack and proactively seek out nutrients in conjunction with the season when their floral diet varies. This key finding from a new study led by Tufts University scientists sheds light on limited research on the micronutrient requirements of honey bees, and provides potentially useful insight in support of increased health of the bee population, which has declined rapidly in recent years for a variety of complex reasons.

Source: Despite few taste genes, honey bees seek out essential nutrients based on seasonal resources