"Pleezus more beezus," writes the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist. At his Los Angeles home, he's keeping three hives with 60,000 bees each. Read the rest
A swarm containing tens of thousands of bees descended on a man in Arizona who disturbed their nest, but he survived despite sustaining more stings than can be counted.
"The number of bees in the shed was unbelievable," DeSantis said. "The deputy who arrived said it was it was like something you’d see in the movies. It was just amazing."
Authorities said the man was working on the property when he was stung and ran to his vehicle, getting help from two passersby who were also stung. They were not hospitalized.
A beekeeper called to the scene was also stung 23 times. He told authorities it would probably take several days to fully contain the bees.
It's a golfing community, which for some reason makes me think a Slugs-style horror B-movie (sorry!) would be a fine thing. Read the rest
A brick wall at the Penn Brewery, not far from where I work, collapsed today during an attempt to get to a beehive said to have occupied space behind it "for years." No-one was hurt, and the local news reports that the bees are fine, too. Some of their honey may even find its way into a brew, if it's found to be of sufficient quality. I walked over and grabbed these photos of their handiwork.
The wall will be rebricked after a beekeeper removes the hive on Friday.
Good job this didn't happen during Oktoberfest. Read the rest
Tristan from OpenPixel sez, "You might have heard that bees are dropping like flies. When we realised the implications of this (which everyone should look into, because it's serious) we borrowed some ideas from the WikiHouse project and applied them to bees - ie. low cost, distributed, open source manufacturing." Read the rest
Biologist Sam Droege photographs insects for U.S. Geological Survey’s Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab. Check out the amazing Flickr stream here. The photos are used to track bee populations. Droege's gear includes a camera, 60 mm macro lens, and a StackShot macro rail. The StackShot is used to adjust the camera and take multiple images for later focus stacking, a process in which photos with a narrow depth of field are digitally combined into a single image. Above, Augochlorella aurata, Boonesboro, Maryland. At right, Halictus ligatus coated in pollen, Morris Arboretum, Philadelphia, PA. "Bee-utiful! The Stinging Insect Gets a Close-Up" (Smithsonian) Read the rest
The Flickr account for the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab has tons of gorgeous CC-licensed photos of bees, snakes, bugs, and plants. What a bonanza! Read the rest
Earlier this summer, I harvested honey from my backyard beehive. I follow the Backwards Beekeepers’ no-treatment school of bee husbandry -- I don’t do anything other than set up a box and fill it with bees. No mite treatment, no queen excluder, no frequent checking on the bees. I open the lid once a year, pull out a few honey-loaded frames, replace them with empty frames, and close up the lid for next year. Read the rest
The 3-Bee printing project was a collaboration between a bee-keeper and an artist who created sculptural hives designed to encourage bees to deposit their wax in a specific way, producing a gorgeous "print." It was sponsored by a booze company, and the video makes you wait until the very end to see the cool thing, but that's what the little timeline slider on the bottom is for. Skip to 2:55 for the awesome.
South African mango farms that added patches of native, flowering plants not only attracted more pollinators than traditional, monoculture mango farms — they also produced more mangoes.Read the rest
Old-school bOING bOING pal Jim Leftwich says:
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The Sun Hive is a hanging honeybee hive designed by Günther Mancke and which is growing in popularity in the UK and elsewhere. It was designed around the needs of pollinating bees and colony health and preferences, and not around prioritizing honey production. As such, it's thought to be much better for sustaining bee populations. It's also quite beautiful.
There's also a Sun Hive book, that you can read or download (4.5Mb), and which gives the background on natural beekeeping and instructions on how to construct one.