The A, B, C’s of Bees: Flow Hive

The bee world has been all abuzz lately about a new type of hive.  One that promises a seemingly impossible idea:  honey on tap. Is it all hype or is it going to change the way we harvest honey? … Continue reading

The A, B, C’s of Bees: Eyes

Bee eyes are kind of wonky. Like most insects, they have a set of compound eyes.  But they also have 3 simple eyes.  Why all the eyes?  Let’s look into it… … Continue reading

The A, B, C’s of Bees: Drones

In the matriarchal bee society, there are few males.  Each hive only maintains a few hundred drones, or male bees, in contrast to the tens of thousands of female bees in the hive. And they aren’t expected to do much. … Continue reading

The A, B, C’s of Bees: Colony Collapse Disorder

Honeybees are important. Really vitally important.  Our world could not exist without these tiny creatures.  They pollinate about 80% of the flowering plants in the US; 1/3 of which are food that we eat.  In addition, they pollinate the crops … Continue reading

The A, B, C’s of Bees: B for Bad “Bees”

Hornets, wasps and bees, Oh My! There are many things out there that sting. For obvious reasons most people don’t want to get close enough to identify them. So people will often collectively refer to them as bees, wasps, hornets … Continue reading