Dutch bees had good winter


This Dutch video says about itself (translated):

April 24, 2016

AMEN – Bees had their best winter for years. The number of hives where bees this winter have died is extremely low.

Beekeepers lost 6.5 percent of their hives, while the previous year that was still 10 percent. In 2011 even 20 percent of the bee colonies did not survive winter.

See also here.

Queen honeybee’s mating flight, video


This video is about a queen honeybee‘s wedding flight and mating; in slow motion.

See also here.

How bees are born, time-lapse video


This National Geographic video says about itself:

Amazing Time-Lapse: Bees Hatch Before Your Eyes

20 May 2015

Witness the eerily beautiful growth of larvae into bees in this mesmerizing time-lapse video from photographer Anand Varma. Varma said the six-month project, for which he built a beehive in his workshop, gave him a new respect for the meticulous job of beekeeping.

Click here to read the behind the scene’s story of exactly how photographer Anand Varma made this amazing time-lapse.

Good Dutch bee news


This video from England says about itself:

15 December 2014

A lecture given by Jamie Ellis at the 2014 National Honey Show entitled “Biology of the Honey Bee“.

Translated from Wageningen university in the Netherlands:

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Again, Dutch beekeepers have lost last winter on average comparatively few bee colonies: about 10%. This means that winter mortality, measured in early April, now for three years in a row has been around 10% (respectively 13%, 9% and 10% in 2013, 2014 and 2015). This is the outcome of a telephone survey of beekeepers carried out on 2 April by the Dutch Beekeepers Association (NBV) and bee researchers from Wageningen university.

Winter mortality among bee colonies has for years been alarmingly high. There were winters that one out of four colonies did not survives. Fortunately, the most recent winters shows that the mortality rate is lower now.

Stop bee-killing pesticides, petition


This video shows a demonstration in Germany at Bayer corporation’s shareowners’ meeting against Bayer‘s bee-killing pesticides.

From the League of Conservation Voters in the USA:

League of Conservation Voters
Stop the Bee-pocalypse! Take action now to save our nation’s honeybeesDear Activist,

Protect honeybees

Tell Congress to save our nation’s number one food security guard >>

Could you imagine a fall without fresh apples? Thanksgiving without cranberry sauce or pumpkin pie? Chips without guacamole? It’s hard to picture, but this could be our not-so-distant future if we don’t take action now to save our number one food security guard — the honeybee.

In recent years, nearly one third of commercial bee colonies in the U.S. have been dying over the winter. In Oregon last year we saw the biggest mass killing ever, as 50,000 bumblebees dropped dead after coming in contact with a pesticide used purely for aesthetic purposes. The situation is so bad that people have started to dub it the “Bee-pocalypse.”

Why is this a big deal? Because one third of the food produced in North America, including nearly 100 varieties of fruits and vegetables like apples, pumpkins, cranberries, and avocados, rely on honeybees for pollination.

If we want to save the bees, we need Congress to act now to ban the pesticides that are killing them off. Speak out now!

Losing our bees wouldn’t just leave us without delicious guacamole and apple pie, it would be a crushing blow to our economy. We could lose more than $15 billion a year in agricultural production in the U.S.

The good news is that Congress has finally started to take notice. Just last week, a bill (H.R. 2692) to save honeybees by temporarily banning certain pesticides reached 71 co-sponsors.

This is the closest we’ve ever gotten to actual legislation to protect our bees, so we need your help to spread the word and keep the momentum going. If enough of us speak out, we can get more members of Congress to support this bill and make saving our bees a reality.

Tell your member of Congress to support H.R. 2692 and save our honeybees!

The mass death of our honeybees is not a natural phenomenon. Europe is seeing huge population declines as well. The difference is that the European Union is working to reverse this trend with a two-year ban in place on neonicotinoids, the pesticides linked to mass bee deaths. We need your help to get the United States to follow suit.

This bill would temporarily halt certain pesticides while safer pesticides are being developed. And get this — we may already have the key to a safer pesticide. Researchers in England have been investigating the venom of one of the world’s most deadly spiders, the Australian funnel web spider. The spider’s venom creates a bio-pesticide that is still fatal to common farm pests, but appears to have absolutely no effect on bees.

We have a very real shot at saving the bees, but only if we stop the use of dangerous pesticides and develop new, safer alternatives. But we have to act now to convince Congress to do something about it. There are 65 members supporting the bill so far — will you help us get even more on our side?

Tell Congress to save our honeybees and halt the use of deadly pesticides >>

There’s no simple solution to the bee crisis, but we do know about some steps we can take now to move us in the right direction and the first one is passing this bill. The success of our crops and security of our nation’s food supply hinges on whether or not we can protect our bees. So thank you for telling Congress to take action today.

We can do this. Be a part of history and sign today.

Thanks,

Kristin Brown
Director of Digital Strategy
League of Conservation Voters

After the results of government-run tests reveal that crops treated with neonics were responsible for the mass poisoning of wild bees, conservation organisation Buglife conclude that to ensure the safety of pollinators, all neonic seed treatment use must be suspended in the UK: here.