Bee Havior

What Goes On Inside a Winter Hive?

December 26, 2012 | Bee Havior

By Kent, Master Beekeeper In cold weather, honeybees, one of the few insects who survive winter as a hive, cluster in a well-defined manner to keep warm. A cluster begins with an interior temperature in the mid-fifties, and contracts and expands as the temperature falls and rises. But, how does this Read more >

Bees Can’t Fly!

December 26, 2012 | Bee Havior

By Ol’ Drone French entomologists studied and calculated the aerodynamics of honeybee flight in 1934 and concluded that it was impossible for a bee to fly. No one bothered to tell the bees, however and therefore they continued flying as they have done since 40 million years ago. Bees, as we know them, Read more >

Do Honeybees Bite?

November 30, 2012 | Bee Havior

By Ol’ Drone A frequently asked question at any honeybee exhibit and demonstration is “do the bees ever bite you, mister?” I’ve always enjoyed joking with the visitor by telling him—“no they don’t bite but bees use the other end and can sting you!” Now we have the truth! Recently released Read more >

ZomBee Update

September 28, 2012 | Bee Havior

Editor’s Note: We’ve been following developments in this discovery (Zombee Watch and Zombie Flies: A Potential New Threat to Beekeeping?), and recently received this update from Ol’ Drone about the parasite found attacking bees in California. Beyond the implications on honeybee health, we can’t help Read more >