Tag archives for Bees

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…

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…

Learn beekeeping!

What am I doing this summer? Good question. I’m teaching Integrative Biology 496: Introduction to Beekeeping. If you are a University of Illinois student and would like to learn about the biology of Apis mellifera and how to manage a small apiary for honey or just for fun, please consider this 8-week class.  Enrollment is…

Metallic Green Bee, Agapostemon sp.

Agapostemon sp. – Halictidae Fairport, NY, USA Photo details: Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS 20D. ISO 100, f/13, 1/250 sec, twin flash diffused through tracing paper

Taxonomy Fail in the NY Times

Seriously, is there a name for the disorder whereby people think everything with wings is a honeybee?

Bees in the DNA

This photo was ultimately rejected for a journal cover (it was the wrong shape!) but I shot it to accompany a research article that used museum specimens of midwestern bumblebees to compare current levels of genetic diversity with previous decades.  Since this image won’t appear in print anytime soon, I thought I’d share it here…

Stephen Colbert Spills the Beans…

…on what we in Entomology here at Urbana-Champaign are up to.

Sunday Night Movie: Apis dorsata

From David Attenborough’s brilliant Life in the Undergrowth: [youtube=] Incidentally, Ed Yong’s interview with Sir David is worth reading.

30 years ago, biologists thought they’d solved one of Darwin’s thorniest problems, the evolution of sterile social insects: