• Blessing of the Bees at NYC's Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

    St. John The Divine Welcomes – and Blesses – New Honey Bee Hive

    NYC Beekeeping and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine team up for bees A new urban honey bee sanctuary has been installed in the gardens of The Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The Cathedral gardens, which are already home to three peacocks and a family of red-tailed hawks, is now also home to a […]

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  • Karl Frisch

    Karl von Frisch: Discoverer of the Honeybee Language

    “The bee’s life is like a magic well: the more you draw from it, the more it fills with water” – Karl Von Frisch The natural world is a place full of wonders. When the attention of science was first turned towards the secrets of how nature works, an entire generation of researchers was needed […]

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  • beehive painting

    Artist John Stark’s “Apiculture” exhibition at the Charlie Smith London – opening October 6th

    John Stark’s representation of beekeeping in “Apiculture” One of our favorite artists, John Stark, will have an upcoming exhibition, Apiculture, opening on the 6th of October at Charlie Smith Gallery in London. An interview with John Stark in Spoonfed sheds some light on beekeeping imagery that is woven through a number of his paintings: These […]

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  • Napoleon bee

    Napoleon Bees: The Honey Bees of Napoleon

    Napoleon Bees: Napoleon and his beloved symbol of the honeybee 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 […]

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  • bee on cactus flower

    The Pollen Basket

    A Bee and her Basket… Do you know what is a pollen basket?  Hmmm…  Well, have you ever noticed that some of the bees you see flying have these orange or yellow clumps on their hind legs? If you haven’t, they look like this.  

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  • Time Life of Bees

    Remembering “The Life of the Bee,” Life Magazine 1952

    LIFE Magazine Aug 11, 1952, and a showcase of paintings depicting life inside the hive The cover, a black-and-white closeup of Joan Rice, announced her as “Robin Hood’s New Girlfriend”.  Also on the cover, a headline  announcing, “Farewell to Eva Peron.”  But what is not alluded to on the cover is the edit piece that you […]

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  • North American native pussy willow

    Come to Me, My Sweet Pussy willow

    Pussy willow – a fantastic early spring pollen source Salix discolor (as our North American native pussy willow is formally called) is a North American native shrub or small, understory tree, (5-15′ tall and perhaps 8′ wide). Often found beside brooks and forest streams, or in low-lying thickets and swamps from Canada to Georgia, the pussy willow […]

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  • Veronica spicata

    Go a Little Less Green for the Environment

    Consider Replacing Part or All of Your Front Lawn with a Pollinator-Friendly Garden. You’ll create habitat for honey bees and other pollinators and add beauty to your yard.

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  • Charles Henry Turner

    Remembering Dr. Charles Henry Turner

    Charles Henry Turner was one of the most important names in science. He was able to show people for the first time that honey bees have color vision, a very important discovery. The scientist should also be remembered as being one of the first African American to receive a university degree, at a time when […]

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  • European honeybee pollinating Prasium majus

    Trees, Bees and Global Warming

    Global forests are suffering from rising temperatures There are a number of important reasons why the Carmel Forest should mostly be allowed to rehabilitate itself. According to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies the temperatures across the planet between December 1, 2009, and November 30, 2010, show that 2010 ranks as the hottest year on […]

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