The A, B, C’s of Bees: ZZZZ the Sound of Bees

Flitting from flower to flower, collecting nectar and pollen, bees make a familiar buzzing sound.  But how do they do that, and does it serve a purpose?  I decided to find out! … Continue reading

The A, B, C’s of Bees: Gee Bee Y Sportster

The end of the alphabet is proving tricky for my bee theme.  This one is a stretch, but it’s the best I can do for the letter Y! The Gee Bee Y Sportster was a monoplane built by the Granville … Continue reading

The A, B, C’s of Bees: Xenophon

Xenophon was a Greek soldier and mercenary who recorded his expeditions and thus also became a writer and historian.  His most famous work, Anabasis, describes Cyrus’ attack on the Persians (of which he took part). But what is Xenophon’s connection … Continue reading

The A, B, C’s of Bees: Wax

Us humans really exploit bees.  Not only do we take their food (honey and royal jelly) and the mortar that fills the cracks in their hives (propolis), we also take their building material:  beeswax! … Continue reading

The A, B, C’s of Bees: Varroa Mites

What’s smaller than a honeybee, but just as devastating as a honey-seeking bear? Since its first appearance in the US in 1986, the varroa mite has become one of the major killers of bee colonies.  Although it is only about … Continue reading