You’re causally strolling the back 40 when, bam! Out of nowhere a stinger
pierces your right cheek. Someone’s got a bad attitude!
Attitudes of honey bees vary dramatically dependent upon environmental conditions and
seemingly astrological positions of the celestial bodies. In other words, no one is really certain
what the colonies occupants are considering at any one specific point in time. There are general
guidelines though. I suggest we all bee-aware and attempt to understand and honor the BeeAttitudes
of a hive.
1. Bees bouncing off your veil (warning you to keep a safe distance) may be caused by:
• Bumping or moving hives
• Using an overabundance of smoke
• Smoker fuel which is petroleum or wax based (cardboard)
• Leaving colonies open too long
• Inclement, cold, violent or unsettled weather
• Dropping frames
• Queen-less hives or those housing a failing queen
• Toxic chemical applications
• The aftermath of skunks severely depleting bee stocks
• Diseased colonies
• Too much perfume or deodorant
• Human breath
• Cigarette smoke: evidently hives don’t have non-smoking sections
• You! When you haven’t greeted them properly—smiling while snapping a ‘selfie’
2. Bees aggressive behavior (with major stinging) may be caused by:
• Hives targeted by vehicles or pelted with foreign objects cast by bored or drunken joy-riders
• Cavorting cows knocking hives over in their quest for the perfect back scratcher
• Honey flow dwindling
If you have a question you would like to share, email it to Editor@KelleyBees.com
by Phill Remick
Buzz worthy: 5 top luxury hotels that have taken up beekeeping
By Tina Hsiao, for CNN
Updated 8:56 PM ET, Sun August 2, 2015
do London's Buckingham Palace, New York's Whitney Museum of American
Art and the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris all have in common?
They're all keepers of honeybees, part of a growing collection of bee-friendly landmarks around the world.
In recent years, global hotels have joined the urban bee-keeping trend too, bringing their own honey direct to their tables.
That's good news, considering the well documented decline in the bee population in certain geographical areas, notably North America and Europe.
A number of factors, including disease, pesticides and habitat degradation are attributed to diminishing bee numbers, and the losses are significant.
sweet creatures are the globe's most prolific insect pollinators, whose
combined annual economic value to agriculture worldwide is estimated at
Here's a look at five top luxury hotels creating a buzz in their local communities.
Waldorf Astoria New York
a rooftop 20 stories above Park Avenue, some 360,000 bees produce more
than 136 kilograms (300 pounds) of honey, harvested annually, which not
only finds its way into the hotel's menus, but also into treatments at
the hotel's Guerlain Spa.
"It is an
important statement about our concern for the environment, it is
educational for our culinary team, and it provides fresh fruits,
vegetables, herbs and edible flowers throughout our hotel," says David
Garcelon, director of culinary at Waldorf Astoria New York.
home-harvested honey, the hotel created Waldorf Buzz beer last year in
partnership with the Empire brewing Company; a yet-unnamed new brew with
lemon verbena and hops from the on-site garden is slated to be launched
Twice weekly, the hotel's
Historical Tour stops off at the garden to see the hives and its more
than 60 types of herbs, fruit, vegetables and edible flowers.
On the menu: The
"Wax Poetic" and "Leaves of Grass" cocktails at Peacock Alley lobby bar
and restaurant are both made with Zubrowka bison grass vodka and
house-made honey syrup.
has been a pesticide-free zone for the past 10 years, making the French
capital an attractive urban environment for honey bees.
With the help of local organization Apiterra, 50,000 bees reside at the MO rooftop beehive, with last year's sweet haul totaling 25 kilograms.
who can't get enough of the ooey, gooey and very sweet syrup (in the
words of Winnie the Pooh) offered through the hotel's F&B menu can
opt into the hotel's eco-initiatives -- such as reusing towels -- to
receive a jar of honey to keep.
On the menu: The "Homemade Honey" cocktail at Bar 8 is made with Yuzu liqueur, jasmine tea with ginger, Champagne and house-made honey.
a good eight months of prep work, W Taipei became the first urban
beekeeping establishment in Taiwan when it opened up its 32nd floor
rooftop to host some 150,000 busy bees in partnership with Syin Lu
Social Welfare Foundation.
months and two harvests from the Sweet Reward program, the bee colonies
were moved to another downtown building as part of the foundation's
larger urban beekeeping project.
honey the hotel chefs and mixologists don't purchase from Syin Lu, the
foundation (which produced more than 800 kilograms of honey in the first
half of the year from 94 hives) either sells or produces soaps with it
in their factory manned by disabled workers.
On the menu:
The "Detox Martini" cocktail at WOOBAR is made with green tea-infused
Belvedere vodka, Grand Marnier, orange juice, yuzu juice, house-made
honey and Sprite.
W Taipei | No.10 Section 5, Zhongxiao East Road, Xinyi District, Taipei 110 Taiwan | +886 2 7703 8888
Fairmont Waterfront, Vancouver
May to September, Fairmont Waterfront guests can join a daily tour of
the apiary and rooftop garden with a resident bee butler.
pioneer of in-house honeybee production and supporting global bee
health is Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, whose Bee Sustainable program
comprises honeybee apiaries at more than 20 properties across the world.
"By building more than a dozen luxury
bee hotels from coast to coast, we are doing our part to build a more
sustainable world," says Jane Mackie, Fairmont Brand vice president.
June this year, the Fairmont Waterfront became one of the first hotels
in the group to build a solitary pollinator bee hotel (aptly named Bee
& Bee) designed to give busy bees a break between pollination
The hotel also hosts 500,000
resident honeybees in the 195 square meter herb garden on the third
floor terrace, which forage over 67 square kilometers and 60 different
plants (particular favorites being the pollens from blackberry blossoms
and American bamboo blossoms).
to September, guests can join a daily tour of the apiary and rooftop
garden with a resident bee butler (and have a sneak peek at the bees
from the observation hive). Guests can also request to go on a
Pollinator Corridor Walk through the city with Hives for Humanity's
On the menu:
The "Waterfront Bee's Knees" cocktail at ARC Bar is made with Bombay
Sapphire Gin, lemon juice, house-made honey syrup and topped with Earl
Grey tea foam.
Fairmont Waterfront | 900 Canada Place Way, Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3L5 Canada | +1 604 691 1991
St. Ermin's Hotel, London
Ermin's has been keeping bees for some four years now, first on the
main rooftop and later expanding the installation to include a specially
planted wildflower terrace where a new bee hotel -- the first hotel in
the UK to have one -- now resides.
hotel had their own honey analyzed, with results showing their bees
gather nectar from over 50 different plants and trees within their
three-mile forage radius (which includes Buckingham Palace Gardens and
St. James' Park).
September is the
hotel's annual honey month, when they celebrate their house-made amber
nectar through all of the food and cocktail menus. During the same
month, the hotel also hosts an urban beekeeping workshop with their
expert beekeeper, Camilla Goddard of Capital Bee.
On the menu: The 'Bowler Hat' cocktail at Caxton Bar is made with dry vermouth, London gin, raw house-made honey and lemon juice.
Our New Members Tom and Jane Stanziola made this delicious chicken for our picnic!
3-4 lbs chicken legs, thighs, wings
1/4 cup Good Life sweet agave Bourbon BBQ Sauce
1/4 cup Ortega Taco sauce
1/2 cup local Honey
3/4 cup Devil's Cut Bourbon whiskey
1/4 cup Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey Liqueur
1/3 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
Any clili or hot sauce to your taste......
....Blend all ingredients together, in a large bowl......you
will be filling a 1 gallon "Zip-Lock" bag, to create the
Next, add the chicken to the marinade, n' put in your fridge
for a few hrs....(You don't have to use ALL the chicken for 1 dish....This
recipe tastes even better, the longer the chicken marinates....you can leve the
chicken in the marinade, for DAYS, if you like..........
Place some, or all the chicken in a deep baking dish.....add
some of the marinade....pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees, n' cook for about an
When done, if you have a lot of the marinade left over, you
can reduce it, n' drizzle it all over the chicken, as a now thicker gravy......
Commercial beekeepers transport the insects thousands of miles around the country every year to pollinate crops when they're in bloom.
Original Source: National Geographic (http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/building-bees/transport-map)
Also! Some interesting reading from National Geographic. Check out this article titled, "Quest for a Superbee" by Charles Mann. Guaranteed to be an excellent read! See link below: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/building-bees/mann-text
Regardless of dictionaries, we have in entomology a rule for insect common names that can be followed. It says: If the insect is what the name implies, write the two words separately; otherwise run them together. Thus we have such names as house fly, blow fly, and robber fly contrasted with dragonfly, caddicefly, and butterfly, because the latter are not flies, just as an aphislion is not a lion and a silverfish is not a fish. The honey bee is an insect and is preeminently a bee; “honeybee” is equivalent to “Johnsmith.”--FromAnatomy of the Honey Bee by Robert E. Snodgrass
Agronomy Farm, River Rd. South Deerfield, MA. 01373
Follow the yellow “BEE” signs
AM – 4:00 PM
– 9:30 AM Registration – please sign in at the Registration table and to pick
up lunch tickets. See Chris Wayne – FCBA President.
BBQ Lunch at www.massbee.org – send to Chris Wayne / FCBA
President. Pickup your ticket at registration.
Coffee & Pastries will be on sale at 8:30 AM –
Provided by Elmers Store, Ashfield, MA.
This is a free event, open to all beekeepers and the
public. It is sponsored by the Massachusetts Beekeepers Association, The
University of Massachusetts and hosted by members of the Franklin County Bee
Association. Expenses are covered by selling raffle tickets and merchandise.
Please support this annual event by purchasing a raffle ticket and buying a
Special Thanks to Elmer’s Store, the M&M
Farm Stand, and Pasiecnik’s Farm Stand for providing
morning coffee, BBQ lunch, and ice cream.
Thank you to the vendors for supporting our MBA Field
Day event and meetings. Save by buying equipment at Field Day.
Please wear protective
clothing when participating in live bee demonstrations.
This schedule may change as
We add speakers and topics.
May 13th, 2015 Nathalie Steinhauer1, Karen Rennich1, Kathleen Lee2,
Jeffery Pettis3, David R. Tarpy4, Juliana Rangel5,
Dewey Caron6, Ramesh Sagili6, John A. Skinner7,
Michael E. Wilson7, James T. Wilkes8, Keith S. Delaplane9,
Robyn Rose10, Dennis vanEngelsdorp1
1 Department of
Entomology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
2 Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN 55108
3 United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service,
4 Department of Entomology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh NC 27695 5 Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University, College
Station, TX 77843 6 Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
97331 7 Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, University of
Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996 8 Department of Computer Science, Appalachian State University,
Boone, NC 28608 9 Department of Entomology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602 10 United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health
Inspection Service, Riverdale, MD
Note: This is a preliminary analysis. Sample sizes and estimates are
likely to change.A more detailed final report is being prepared for
publication in a peer-reviewed journal at a later date.
The Bee Informed Partnership (http://beeinformed.org),
in collaboration with the Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA) and the United
States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is releasing preliminary results for
the ninth annual national survey of honey bee colony losses. For the 2014/2015
winter season, a preliminary 6,128 beekeepers in the United States provided
valid responses. Collectively, these beekeepers managed 398,247 colonies in
October 2014, representing about 14.5% of the country’s estimated 2.74 million
managed honey bee colonies1.
About two-thirds of the respondents (67.2%) experienced winter colony loss
rates greater than the average self-reported acceptable winter mortality rate
of 18.7%. Preliminary results estimate that a total of 23.1% of the colonies
managed in the Unites States were lost over the 2014/2015 winter. This would
represent a decrease in losses of 0.6% compared to the previous 2013/2014
winter, which had reported a total loss estimated at 23.7%. This is the second
year in a row the reported colony loss rate was notably lower than the 9-year
average total loss of 28.7% (see Figure 1).
Beekeepers do not only lose colonies in the winter but also throughout the
summer, sometimes at significant levels. To quantify this claim of non-winter
colony mortality of surveyed beekeepers, we have included summer and annual
colony losses since 2010/2011. In the summer of 2014 (April – October), colony
losses surpassed winter losses at 27.4% (totalsummer loss). This compares to
summer losses of 19.8% in 2013. Importantly, commercial beekeepers appear to
consistently lose greater numbers of colonies over the summer months than over
the winter months, whereas the opposite seems true for smaller-scale
beekeepers. Responding beekeepers reported losing 42.1% of the total number of
colonies managed over the last year (total annual loss, between April 2014 and
April 2015). This represents the second highest annual loss recorded to date.
As in previous years, colony losses were not consistent across the country,
with annual losses exceeding 60% in several states, while Hawaii reported the
lowest total annual colony loss of ~14% (see Figure 2).
This survey was conducted by the Bee Informed Partnership, which receives a
majority of its funding from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture,
USDA (award number: 2011-67007-20017). 1 Based on NASS 2015 figures 2 Previous survey results found a total colony loss in the winters
of 24% in the winter of 2013/2014, 30% in 2012/2013, 22% in 2011/2012, 30% in
2010/2011, 32% in 2009/2010, 29% in 2008/2009, 36% in 2007/2008, and 32% in
2006/2007 (see reference list).
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DR; Caron, DM; Rose, R; Delaplane, KS; Baylis, K; Lengerich, EJ; Pettis,
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vanEngelsdorp, D (2014) A national survey of managed honey bee 2012-2013
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R; Pettis, JS; Henson, M; Wilkes, JT; Wilson, M; Stitzinger, J; Lee, K;
Andree, M; Snyder, R; vanEngelsdorp, D (2013) A national survey of managed
honey bee 2011-12 winter colony losses in the United States: results from
the Bee Informed Partnership. Journal of Apicultural Research,
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration hopes to save the bees by feeding them better.
A new federal
plan aims to reverse America's declining honeybee and monarch butterfly
populations by making millions of acres of federal land more
bee-friendly, spending millions of dollars more on research and
considering the use of fewer pesticides.
putting different type of landscapes along highways, federal housing
projects and elsewhere may not sound like much in terms of action,
several bee scientists told The Associated Press that this a huge move.
They say it may help pollinators that are starving because so much of
the American landscape has been converted to lawns and corn that don't
provide foraging areas for bees.
"This is the first time I've seen
addressed the issue that there's nothing for pollinators to eat," said
University of Illinois entomologist May Berenbaum, who buttonholed
President Barack Obama about bees when she received her National Medal
of Science award last November. "I think it's brilliant."
activists who wanted a ban on a much-criticized class of pesticide said
the Obama administration's bee strategy falls way short of what's
needed to save the hives.
say bees — crucial to pollinate many crops — have been hurt by a
combination of declining nutrition, mites, disease, and pesticides. The
federal plan is an "all hands on deck" strategy that calls on everyone
from federal bureaucrats to citizens to do what they can to save bees,
which provide more than $15 billion in value to the U.S. economy,
according to White House science adviser John Holdren.
are struggling," Holdren said in a blog post, citing a new federal
survey that found beekeepers lost more than 40 percent of their colonies
last year, although they later recovered by dividing surviving hives.
He also said the number of monarch butterflies that spend the winter in
Mexico's forests is down by 90 percent or more over the past two
decades, so the U.S. government is working with Mexico to expand monarch
habitat in the southern part of that country.
The plan calls for
restoring 7 million acres of bee habitat in the next five years.
Numerous federal agencies will have to find ways to grow plants on
federal lands that are more varied and better for bees to eat because
scientists have worried that large land tracts that grow only one crop
have hurt bee nutrition.
plan is not just for the Department of Interior, which has vast areas of
land under its control. Agencies that wouldn't normally be thought of,
such as Housing and Urban Development and the Department of
Transportation, will have to include bee-friendly landscaping on their
properties and in grant-making.
Graphic shows bee colony losses by state since April 2014. The graphic will be published later today …
That part of the bee plan got praise from scientists who study bees.
we can do a lot for bees, and other pollinators," University of
Maryland entomology professor Dennis van Englesdorp, who led the federal
bee study that found last year's large loss. "This I think is something
to get excited and hopeful about. There is really only one hope for
bees and it's to make sure they spend a good part of the year in safe
healthy environments. The apparent scarcity of these areas is what's
worrying. This could change that."
University of Montana bee
expert Jerry Bromenshenk said the effort shows the federal government
finally recognizes that land use is key with bees.
perspective, it's a wake-up call," Bromenshenk wrote in an email.
"Pollinators need safe havens, with adequate quantities of high-quality
resources for food and habitat, relatively free from toxic chemicals,
and that includes pollutants as well as pesticides and other
Berenbaum said what's impressive is that
the plan doesn't lay the problem or the solution just on agriculture or
the federal government: "We all got into this mess and we're going to
have to work together to get out of it," he said.
The administration proposes spending $82.5 million on honeybee research in the upcoming budget year, up $34 million from now.
Environmental Protection Agency will step up studies into the safety of
widely used neonicotinoid pesticides, which have been temporarily
banned in Europe. It will not approve new types of uses of the
pesticides until more study is done, if then, the report said.
are not taking bold enough action; there's a recognition that there is a
crisis," said Lori Ann Burd, environmental health director for the
advocacy group Center for Biological Diversity. She said the bees cannot
wait, comparing more studies on neonicotinoids to going to a second and
third mechanic when you've been told the brakes are shot.
million Americans have called on the Obama administration to listen to
the clear science demanding that immediate action be taken to suspend
systemic bee-killing pesticides, including seed treatments," Friends of
the Earth food program director Lisa Archer said in statement. "Failure
to address this growing crisis with a unified and meaningful federal
plan will put these essential pollinators and our food supply in
America, which represents the makers of pesticides, praised the report
for its "multi-pronged coordinated approach."
The report talks of a
fine line between the need for pesticides to help agriculture and the
harm they can do to bees and other pollinators.
effects of pesticides on bees is a priority for the federal government,
as both bee pollination and insect control are essential to the success
of agriculture," the report said.
The White House bee strategy: http://1.usa.gov/1Ad2DUE