Category — Bees
Study suggests a honeybee disease might be spilling over into wild bee populations in the U.K.
By Kerry Grens
February 19, 2014
Deformed wing virus (DMV), a disease that affects commercial honeybees, can also infect wild bumblebees and shorten their life span, researchers report today (February 19) in Nature. Given the overlapping geographical distribution of the disease among honeybees and bumblebees in the U.K., the authors conclude that the virus is likely spilling over from commercial hives into wild populations.
March 1, 2014 No Comments
The urban beehive is a concept for keeping bees at home
By Philips Design
The beehive is designed to allow us a glimpse into the fascinating world of these industrious creatures and to harvest the honey that they produce.
The design of the beehive is unconventional, appealing, and respects the natural behavior of the bees. It consists of two parts: entry passage and flower pot outside, and glass vessel containing an array of honeycomb frames, inside.
February 28, 2014 No Comments
Researchers from Canada found two species of urban leafcutter bees, pictured, have started using small pieces of plastic as a substitute for plant resins in their nests. In both cases, larvae successfully developed and were free from parasites. The study claims this means the plastic could be making the nests more secure.
“We found two solitary bee species using plastic in place of natural nest-building materials, which suggests innovative use of common urban materials.”
Scott MacIvor/Andrew Moore
University of Guelph
February 11, 2014
Once the snow melts, Canada’s bee population will be back in business — pollinating, making honey and keeping busy doing bee things. For at least two urban bee species, that means making nests out of plastic waste.
A new study by a University of Guelph graduate and a U of G scientist reveals that some bees use bits of plastic bags and plastic building materials to construct their nests. The research was published recently in the journal Ecosphere.
February 20, 2014 Comments Off
Mrs Kerkham said the hive had been installed to increase the pollination of fruit and vegetables at the garden
By Dominic Bareham
December 27, 2013
She believed the raid had been carried out by at least two people who knew how to handle hives as there was no evidence of any damage or dead bees on the ground and therefore she thought the colony had been stolen to order.
The hive may have been carried out through a gap in the fence, though she said residents living near to the garden may not have had any reason to be suspicious if they had seen people walking through the garden with the hive.
January 8, 2014 Comments Off
The urban roof gardens aim to increase city sustainability and engage employees
By Tass Mavrogordato
Aug. 13, 2013
As part of inmidtown’s bid to make the area London’s most sustainable commercial district, it recently launched two organic fruit and vegetable edible gardens across central London businesses. In addition to the host of environmental benefits already discussed, these gardens support hyper-local production of produce, and enable businesses to reduce the food miles associated with their usual orders, so offer yet another incentive.
The green roofs scheme is currently supported by organisations in the area such as law firm Olswang, and the Bloomsbury Street Hotel, which are growing edible roof gardens, whilst on a further two green roofs, law firm Mischon de Reya and the Trade Union Congress are growing wildflowers to support the local bee population.
September 6, 2013 Comments Off
One Bryant Park, which received a LEED platinum rating from the United States Green Building Council, houses the corporate and investment businesses of the Bank of America as well as Durst’s offices. Photo by Demetrius Freeman/The New York Times.
Unbeknown to the busy office workers and the tourists sunning themselves in Bryant Park, there are now some 100,000 European honeybees above them on the seventh-floor rooftop of One Bryant Park
By Julie Satow
New York Times
August 6, 2013
At One Bryant Park last summer, Richard Kohlbrecher, who is allergic to bee venom, first saw hundreds of honeybees darting in and out of the sprawling sedum ground cover on the green roofs he was inspecting. He turned his initial alarm into a housing plan for the secret tenants.
“I had never seen that before and it got me thinking: if there are that many bees in Midtown, maybe it makes sense to put up some hives,” said Mr. Kohlbrecher, vice president for operations for The Durst Organization, which owns the company’s 51-story-tower at 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue. The skyscraper houses the corporate and investment businesses of the Bank of America as well as Durst’s offices.
August 12, 2013 Comments Off
The White House Blog
When White House carpenter Charlie Brandt told some of First Lady Michelle Obama’s staff about his latest hobby in beekeeping, Chef Sam Kass was quick to ask him if he knew how to make honey that could be used in the White House kitchen. Fortunately, not only did Brandts know how to make the honey, but he also had a spare beehive at home that he was happy to donate to the White House.
August 8, 2013 Comments Off
Three years after New York legalized beekeeping, hives are everywhere, including on the roof of New York’s iconic Waldorf Astoria hotel
By Josh Dzieza
The Daily Beast
Aug 3, 2013
It has just begun to rain on a gray Thursday morning when I step out onto the 20th-floor terrace of New York’s Waldorf Astoria hotel, where a half-dozen people are eyeing a row of six squat beehives lining the northern balcony. Patrick Cote, the young bleach-blond nephew of Andrew Cote and a fifth-generation beekeeper, is walking between the raised-bed gardens, puffing smoke out of a tin-can-and-bellows censerlike contraption. Andrew explains that the smoke blocks the pheromones that the bees will use to raise the alarm that we’re breaking into their hives and stealing their honey.
August 4, 2013 Comments Off
By Luke Dixon
Keeping Bees in Towns and Cities features everything an urbanite needs to know to start keeping bees: how to select the perfect hive, how to buy bees, how to care for a colony, how to harvest honey, and what to do in the winter. Urban beekeeping has particular challenges and needs; this book highlights the challenges and presents practices that are safe, legal, and neighbor-friendly.
May 31, 2013 Comments Off
Billions of dollars — and a way of life—ride on saving pollinators
Jennifer S. Holland
National Geographic News
Published May 10, 2013
Bees are back in the news this spring, if not back in fields pollinating this summer’s crops. The European Union (EU) has announced that it will ban, for two years, the use of neonicotinoids, the much-maligned pesticide group often fingered in honeybee declines. The U.S. hasn’t followed suit, though this year a group of beekeepers and environmental and consumer groups sued the EPA for not doing enough to protect bees from the pesticide onslaught.
May 12, 2013 Comments Off
Chicago beekeeper wants to provide the community with a visual example of bees, because so many people grow up being afraid of them.
By Janet Rausa Fuller
April 25, 2013
Last year was rough for Jana Kinsman’s bees.
Kinsman, 27, set up 10 beehives in community gardens and other spaces across the city last summer, the first step in her fledgling urban farming project dubbed Bike a Bee.
She traveled to the hives by bicycle. Residents welcomed their new neighbors.
That was the easy part.
April 29, 2013 Comments Off
The roof of France’s National Assembly is ready to buzz with activity after the arrival of three large bee hives this week as part of a project to promote pesticide-free honey
By Tara Oakes
PARIS. Apr 4, 2013
The bees are expected to be moved in once the weather warms up, should produce up to 150 kg of honey a year and help pollinate flowering plants around the capital at a time of worldwide decline in bee numbers.
The project is part of a new trend across Europe to put bee colonies on city rooftops, taking advantage of the fact that bees adapt well to urban living and can target the many varieties of long-blooming inner-city greenery.
April 6, 2013 Comments Off
Sarah Common, left, and her mother, Julia Common, right, with the help of Jim McLeod in the middle, check on the beehive at the community garden on Vancouver’s East Hastings on March 28, 2013. Photograph by: Ward Perrin, Vancouver Sun.
This hive of activity offers beekeepers a touch of therapeutic renewal
By Jeff Lee
March 31, 2013
On a vacant lot next door to the Insite supervised drug injection facility in Vancouver’s gritty Downtown Eastside, a busy little beehive is teaching people about hope and redemption and erasing long-held misconceptions.
For Jim McLeod, at 36 still battling issues with drug addiction, caring for the hive of honey-producing bees has taught him patience and how to look beyond the day-to-day stresses of trying to survive in Canada’s poorest neighbourhood.
April 1, 2013 Comments Off
A Guide to Natural Beekeeping in Top Bar Hives
By Christy Hemenway
New Society Publishers
What’s the buzz about the growing popularity of backyard beekeeping? Providing habitat for bees, pollinating your garden and producing honey for your family are some of the compelling reasons for taking up this exciting hobby. But conventional beekeeping requires a significant investment and has a steep learning curve. The alternative? Consider beekeeping outside the box.
March 26, 2013 Comments Off
The airport has also been home to a handful of honeybees being tended to by urban beekeepers
By Rick Paulas
March 21, 2013
The 928-square-foot garden, first opened last September, consists of 26 aeroponic towers that grow a variety of herbs and vegetables. The list of produce growing in the towers includes, but is not limited to, chard, basil, lettuce, edible flowers, bell peppers, and tomatoes. And just who is using these vegetables? Currently, three restaurants in the airport proper make regular treks to the garden to harvest produce for their dishes: Wolfgang Puck, Rick Bayless’s Tortas Fontera Grill, and the highly-acclaimed Wicker Park Sushi Bar.
March 23, 2013 1 Comment