VIDEOS / TED TALKS
Anand Varma: The First 21 Days of a Bee’s Life March 2015
We’ve heard that bees are disappearing. But what is making bee colonies so vulnerable? Photographer Anand Varma raised bees in his backyard — in front of a camera — to get an up close view. This project, for National Geographic, gives a lyrical glimpse into a beehive, and reveals one of the biggest threats to its health, a mite that preys on baby bees in their first 21 days of life. With footage set to music from Rob Moose and the Magik*Magik Orchestra, Varma shows the problem … and what’s being done to solve it.
Anand Varma’s photos tell the story behind the science on everything from primate behavior and hummingbird biomechanics to amphibian disease and forest ecology.
Marla Spivak: Why Bees are Disappearing June 2013
Honeybees have thrived for 50 million years, each colony 40 to 50,000 individuals coordinated in amazing harmony. So why, seven years ago, did colonies start dying in masse? Marla Spivak reveals four reasons which are interacting with tragic consequences. This is not simply a problem because bees pollinate a third of the world’s crops. Could this incredible species be holding up a mirror for us?
Bee scholar, Marla Spivak researches bees’ behavior and biology in an effort to preserve this threatened, but ecologically essential, insect.
Noah Wilson-Rich: Every City Needs Healthy Honey Bees 2012
Bees have been rapidly and mysteriously disappearing from rural areas, with grave implications for agriculture. But bees seem to flourish in urban environments — and cities need their help, too. Noah Wilson-Rich suggests that urban beekeeping might play a role in revitalizing both a city and a species.
Beekeeper, Noah Wilson-Rich studies bees and bee diseases. He founded Best Bees Company to support people who want to own and care for their own beehive.
Dennis vanEngelsdorp: A Plea for Bees July 2008
Bees are dying in droves. Why? Leading apiarist Dennis vanEngelsdorp looks at the gentle, misunderstood creature’s important place in nature and the mystery behind its alarming disappearance.
Bee expert, Dennis vanEngelsdorp, is Acting State Apiarist for Pennsylvania’s Department of Agriculture, studying colony collapse disorder — the alarming, worldwide disappearance of worker bees and Western honey bees. In 2012 vanEngelsdorp joined Jess Pettis, a bee expert from the USDA, to examine how exposure to pesticides and fungicides could increase the bees’ susceptibility to Nosema Ceranae, a lethal parasite which has become increasingly common in US hives. Their research, which was published in July 2013 showed that the pollen collected in beehives in fields from the eastern part of the US contained 9 different agricultural chemicals, including fungicides, insecticides, herbicides, and miticides. One sample actually contained 21 different pesticides. (Hives in the City, Alison Gillespie)
Recent ARS Honey Bee Scientific Publications…NEW 9/10/16
Population growth of Varroa destructor (Acari: Varroidae) in honey bee colonies is affected by the number of foragers with mites, Experimental and Applied Acarology, 2016
Parasaccharibacter apium, gen. nov., sp. nov., improves honey bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) resistance to Nosema, Journal of Economic Entomology, 2016
Nectar production in oilseeds: Food for pollinators in an agricultural landscape, Crop Science, 2016
Brood removal influences fall of Varroa destructor (Mesostigmata: Varroidae) in honey bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) colonies, Journal of Apicultural Research, 2016
The fungicide Pristine® inhibits mitochondrial function in vitro but not flight metabolic rates in honey bees, Journal of Insect Physiology, 2016
Evidence of Apis cerana sacbrood virus infection in Apis mellifera, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 2016
Keeping Bees in Towns and Cities
By Luke Pixon
Hives in the City
By Alison Gillespie
Bees in the City
By Alison Benjamin/Brian McCallum
Backyard Bees -Guide for Beginner BeeKeepers
By Douglas Purdie
Buzzzzz……What Honeybees Do
By Virginia Wright
What If There Were No Bees?
By Suzanne Slader
The Life and Times of the Honeybee
By Charles Micucci
In the Trees, Hey Bees!
By Lori Mortensen
By Edward Gibbs
Are You a Bee?
By Judy Allen