Posts Tagged ‘honey bee’

That buzzing-noise means something …

“That buzzing-noise means something. If there’s a buzzing noise, somebody’s making a buzzing-noise, and the only reason for making a buzzing-noise that I know of is because you’re a bee … and the only reason for being a bee that I know of is making honey … and the only reason for making honey is so I can eat it.” ~~ Winnie the Pooh

I love Pooh.  Really, I do.  But as Piglet says, “Pooh hasn’t much Brain.”  So, as National Honey Month comes to a close, I’d like to point out a few other amazing things that honeybees do that give us humans more reasons to love them.  As if making honey (the only food produced by an insect that is eaten by man, by the way) and doing the lionshare of pollinating food crops wasn’t enough! Read the rest of this entry →

It is a Strange and Beautiful World

Rosslyn Chapel -- Photo by Jeremy Atherton, 2002

“It is a strange and beautiful world.” — Roberto, the Italian tourist in Jim Jarmusch’s quirky 1986 movie, Down by Law

Rosslyn Chapel is a medieval church in Scotland originally made famous because of the beauty of its architecture and storied history.  It began experiencing a bit of a renaissance as a tourist attraction recently though when Dan Brown included it as one of the stops in solving the mystery of the Holy Grail and the Knights Templar in The Da Vinci Code.

Perhaps it’s the unprecedented number of visitors that now stream to the chapel that enabled conservators to begin some important and necessary conservation work.  So, it was only recently that a stunning and remarkable discovery was made.  Hidden in a part of the roof system called the “pinnacles,” which had been dismantled by the stone masons for the first time in hundreds of years while restoring the chapel, there were cavities ideally suited to, and in fact created for (wait for it) … beehives. Read the rest of this entry →


08 2010

what is CCD? “colony collapse disorder”

What is it about that title?
Hmmmm…….. ED Erectile dysfunction, RLS restless leg syndrome, ADD Attention deficit disorder.
One thing I have noticed about human nature is that we need to identify, label and vilify the “disorder” so that we can blame someone else, create a patented wonder drug complete with research funding to solve the problem, and of course get bailout funding.
Take for example, the other day I’m in Wal-mart sitting on a bench waiting for my lovely wife. I can hear on the pre-recorded background noise coming from the pharmacy that “dry mouth is a treatable condition”. I was shocked to hear the announcer say that “it might be treatable by sipping water or using [their product].” Go figure! Read the rest of this entry →


06 2010

The Unique Defensive Behavior of the Japanese Honeybee

The Japanese honeybees forming a "bee ball" around 2 hornets. Photo by Takahashi, Wikimedia Commons

Japanese honeybees (Apis cerrana japonica), over eons of cohabitation, have evolved a unique defensive behavior to combat Japanese giant hornets (Vespa mandarinia).  Japanese giant hornets feed their larvae with protein garnered from the larvae or carcasses of other insects, and often attack honeybee hives to obtain honeybee larvae.  The hornets are formidable killers, using their sharp talons and powerful mandibles to sever limbs and heads.  European honeybees (Apis mellifera) have no answer for these predators, and European honeybee hives are quickly decimated by the hornets, which chew the honeybee larvae into a protein paste to give to young hornet larvae.

The Japanese honeybees have a distinct defensive behavior in response to hornet predation.  If a hornet scout enters the hive, the bees will “ball” the hornet by swarming it.  The effect of the swarming is to raise the temperature of the “ball” interior to 117ºF, a temperature lethal to the hornet, but not to the bees.  The hornet is killed from overexposure to heat, and the hive is saved.

Japanese Honeybees.


06 2010

"The Honey Bee and the Hive," CAA London

Things we love: “The Honey Bee and the Hive” exhibit in London’s Contemporary Applied Arts (open through May 1). says, “This extraordinary exhibition at Contemporary Applied Arts collates the works of 28 artists who have specially created decorative objects inspired by the honey bee and the hive. The beautiful collection captures the beauty of the threatened species in silver, glass, textile, wood and ceramics.”


04 2010

Delightful Plants for Honeybees and their Human Friends

Chair with Nasturium. Photo by Michaela, The Gardener's Eden

Container Gardening with Herbs and Edible Flowers

Guest post by The Gardener’s Eden, which can be found on Facebook or at

It looks like spring has sprung at last – the signs are popping up everywhere. Farmer’s markets and garden centers are bursting with herbs and flowers, veggie seedlings and hanging baskets. The growing season has arrived in many parts of the country, and even in the colder regions, pansies are showing up in window boxes and front stoops everywhere. Now is the time to think about decorating your entryway, back porch, patio or balcony with living things. Adding a little color and flavor to your world with homegrown herbs and flowers can bring so much pleasure to your daily routine, and even the smallest urban window box can help support important pollinators – including our good friend the honeybee. Read the rest of this entry →


04 2010

The Beauty of Bees Up Close

Honey bee macro by Robert Seber. Visit his Flickr page.

Nature produces beauty in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes, it’s easy to overlook those finer details that contribute to the beauty of the subject. Macro photography helps us take a look close-up, magnifying the subject. Here are some stunning macro photos of bees by talented photographers. Feel free to visit their Flickr pages and leave them a comment. And make sure to Share this page with friends and spread the beauty of bees close up. Read the rest of this entry →


03 2010

Honeybee image in National Geographic

One of the amazing photos in National Geographic’s 2009 International Photography Contest. Photo by Michael Johnson.


12 2009

NYC is lifting its ban on beekeeping!

Buzz over the Big Apple: NYC is lifting its ban on beekeeping!

Friday, December 18, 2009

New York Times reports that beekeeping will be legalized in NYC!


12 2009

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 spider, a snail and even as an earthworm.

Below is the video. Enjoy!

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04 2009