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Someone Wrote A Funny Guide About Bees And Wasps And You Might Learn Something New

Most of us have been there, sitting in a park or on our porch, enjoying the beautiful summer day and a refreshing cold drink, when suddenly an unidentified flying bugger approaches. Is it a bee? Is it a wasp? We’re just not sure! Probably confused by the same notion, one internet user put together an “infographic” to help everyone out. “A Comprehensive Guide to Yellow Stripey Things” identifies 8 different kinds of flying insects and describes them in the best way. Scroll down below to see the guide yourself and…

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Woman Rescues Wingless Queen Bee; Builds Her a Tiny Garden to Live Out Final Days

Last Spring, Fiona Presly was gardening outside her home in Scotland when she noticed a queen bumblebee at her feet. She quickly sensed that something wasn’t right as the bee seemed shaky and disoriented. Afraid she might get stepped on, Fiona bent down and noticed the queen bee had no wings, she tells The Dodo. Photo via Fiona Presly Not sure how else to help, Presly offered the bee some sugar water and set her on some flowers, hoping she’d be able to eventually manage on her own. When she…

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Genius Company Installs Beehives In Your Living Room, And Heres How It Works

As you probably know already, the bee population is in a consistent decline and has been for some time, with modern industrial farming methods and loss of habitat being identified causes. This is bad news for all of us, as bees do the crucial job of pollinating so many of the plants that we rely on for food. In order to counter this, we have to come up with innovative solutions, as we all know how difficult it is to make huge, moneymaking corporations change their damaging practices. BEEcosystem has created…

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Security Failure: EpiPens Database Of Everyone Whos Allergic To Bees Has Been Obtained By Bees

If you or someone you know has a bee allergy, you need to read this right now. Large consumer data hacks have had devastating impacts on countless Americans, but this recent leak may be the most serious yet: EpiPen’s database of everyone who is allergic to bees has been obtained by bees. This is absolutely sickening. EpiPen is scrambling after discovering the breach in its system a few hours ago, and company officials are advising all customers to stay inside until further notice while they figure out just how much…

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Internet of Bees device tracks hive health

As we all know, the bee population is declining at an alarming rate, and while the causes are many, the solutions are few. At the very least, beekeepers need to keep an extra-close eye on their hives which can be difficult when there are a few thousand of them. A Canadian researcher is working on a monitoring system that listens to the buzz and passes on word if things are going south. Oldooz Pooyanfar, a graduate student at Simon Fraser University, created the device to improve data collection and hopefully…

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Pesticides damage survival of bee colonies, landmark study shows

The worlds largest ever field trial demonstrates widely used insecticides harm both honeybees and wild bees, increasing calls for a ban Widely used insecticides damage the survival of honeybee colonies, the worlds largest ever field trial has shown for the first time, as well as harming wild bees. The farm-based research, along with a second new study, also suggests widespread contamination of entire landscapes and a toxic cocktail effect from multiple pesticides. The landmark work provides the most important evidence yet for regulators around the world considering action against neonicotinoids,…

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