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Our garden bees, photographed yesterday evening: As you may have noticed, in painting our hives we’ve eschewed the standard hive whitewash in favor of pleasing pastels. But we’ve got nothing on the hive art produced by other beekeepers on the web. Below the fold is a selection of my favorites:

Today’s bug news carries sensational reports of a study claiming new evidence linking cell phone use and the dreaded Colony Collapse Disorder. London, England (CNN) — A new study has suggested that cell phone radiation may be contributing to declines in bee populations in some areas of the world. Bee populations dropped 17 percent in…

Answer to the Monday Night Mystery

What were those magical mystery circles cut into leaf margins, and who made them? As so many of you recognized, they were the marks of leafcutter bees, furry little insects that use the leaves to make nests for their young. For their correct answers, MrILoveTheAnts gets 5 points, and James Trager gets five points. And…

You may have noticed I’ve been blogging rather lightly in recent weeks. That’s because I start teaching an introductory course on beekeeping next Monday. It’ll be a great class, I hope. But the preparation has cut into blogging time something fierce and will continue to do so through August. In any case, while making lecture…

Time for a little rant. I’ve been assembling the syllabus for a summer beekeeping course here at the University of Illinois- the first time we’ve offered beekeeping as a regular class in over 30 years- and I’ve run into an annoying snag: the lack of a suitable textbook. There’s no shortage of books about bees.…