Bee-blog

Can bees do maths? Yes – new research shows they can add and subtract

The humble honeybee can use symbols to perform basic maths including addition and subtraction, shows new research published today in ...
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World seeing ‘catastrophic collapse’ of insects.

Nearly half of all insect species worldwide are in rapid decline and a third could disappear altogether, according to a ...
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Breaking new ground by tracking pollen from A to Bee

Cape Town – Pollination biologist from Stellenbosch University Dr Corneile Minnaar is breaking new ground in a field of research ...
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Spying on bees reveals pesticides impair social behaviour

A new study that allowed humans to spy on bumblebees inside their nests showed that pesticides can impair social behaviour, ...
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Plan launched to save Western Cape bee population

Cape Town – Although the Western Cape’s deciduous fruit industry is currently meeting the pollination requirements needed, the sector is ...
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SOS for SA bee research

Numerous threats to the environment, including climate change, disease and habitat destruction, have placed the global bee species under threat, ...
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World’s largest bee, feared to be extinct, found again!

Deep in the jungles of Indonesia, the world’s largest bee nl. ‘Flying Bulldog’ was rediscovered. The bee (full name Megachile pluto) ...
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10 Facts about Honey Bees

ONE Honey bees are super-important pollinators for flowers, fruits and vegetables. This means that they help other plants grow! Bees transfer ...
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Bee diseases – Part 5 – Parasitic Mites

Varroa destructor These are external parasitic mites that feed of the haemolymph (blood) of developing and adult bees.  Examples of ...
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Bee diseases – Part 4 – Virusses

Honeybee health can be dramatically affected by viral diseases that are linked to Varroa mites.  Varroa mites are known to ...
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Bee diseases – Part 3 – Fungal diseases

Chalkbrood  This is a disease affecting sealed brood and is caused by the fungi Ascosphaera apis. The presence of chalkbrood ...
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Bee diseases – Part 2 -Bacterial: European Foulbrood

This brood disease is caused by the non-spore forming bacterium Melissococcus pluton.  It affects open brood and is common during ...
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Bee diseases – Part 1 – Bacterial: American Foulbrood

Infection is caused by the spore-forming bacterium Paenibacillus larvae.  This disease can result in severe colony losses.  It affects only ...
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Value of the honey bee

It cannot be denied that the honey bee is the greatest pollinating machine when it comes to agriculture. Their large ...
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The life cycle of a honey bee

The life span of a honey bee depends on various factors. Worker honey bees have a life span of only ...
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