• Remembering Karl von Frisch

    Today we remember Karl von Frisch (11/20/1886–6/12/1982), the Austrian zoologist who discovered that the bees use dance as a language to communicate the location of food.  This theory was greeted with skepticism when first introduced.  In addition to studying their dance, Mr. von Frisch also studied their usage of pheromones and their vision.  In 1973, […]

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  • Remembering EB White

    As you may know, EB White was the author of the much-beloved books “Charlotte’s Web,” “Stuart Little” and “The Elements of Style.” But did you also know he was a dedicated beekeeper?   With a dash of humor, E.B. White addressed queen rearing in this poem, which was published in The New Yorker December 15, […]

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  • The Honey Bees of Napoleon

    The 5th of May, 1821. On this day, Napoleon Bonaparte, the former French Emperor, died on St. Helena. Although he was never a beekeeper, Napoleon used the honey bee as one of the most important symbols of the power and prestige of his empire. There seems to be two schools of thought of why Napoleon’s […]

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  • Remembering Dr. Charles Henry Turner

    Born on February 3, 1867 to former slaves, Dr. Charles Turner rose to become one of the preeminent entomologists in the United States. Dr. Turner earned his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Cincinnati and later became the first African-American to receive a Ph.D in zoology from the University of Chicago. Dr. Turner published […]

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  • A better place for us all

    “There is something palpable about these new MacArthur Fellows, about their character as explorers and pioneers at the cutting edge. These are women and men improving, protecting, and making our world a better place for us all. ”   ~~ Daniel J. Socolow, Director of the MacArthur Fellows Program Big news for the honeybee. Earlier today, […]

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  • Happy Birthday to Peter Fonda

    Happy birthday to Henry Fonda (RIP) an amateur beekeeper who reportedly gave friends jars labelled “Henry’s Honey.” The beekeeping connection was reinforced when Fonda’s son Peter won an Academy Award nomination for playing a beekeeper in the 1997 movie Ulee’s Gold.

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  • Support the campaign for a L.L. Langstroth Stamp

    Support the campaign for a L.L. Langstroth Stamp Join the campaign for a U.S. stamp honoring Rev. L.L. Langstroth, aka “The Father of American Beekeeping” and the inventor of the movable frame hive. 

Write a letter to the USPS Stamp Advisory Committee, which will be considering a Langstroth commemorative stamp at a meeting this January. Click […]

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  • Honey bee Short Film on Sundance Channel

    Isabella Rossellini has written, directed and presented an incredible series of visually stunning, hand-crafted short films about the sex lives of animals called “Green Porno”. Although some might consider these educational videos a bit much for younger viewers (that’s for you to decide), they are amazing nonetheless. She gives first-person narratives as a bee, a […]

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