Monday, September 30, 2013

Hive Inspection With A Guest Family

Guangjing is my ex-office mate. Last weekend, I joined her family (Daniel, Yuchen  and Jerry) for a lunch at a popular dim-sum place. (Just a side note, I like to try authentic food, and this time I tried chicken feet. But, looks like I need more time to appreciate it.)

And they joined me inspecting one of my hives. I told different stories about bees life, and I hope everybody enjoyed this experience. Thanks to Daniel for helping me during the inspection. Thanks to Jerry for the following photos.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Marla Spivak: Why bees are disappearing

Marla Spivak is explaining why bees are disappearing in this TED talk. This is an awesome talk summarizing exactly what we are facing.

Dr. Spivak has explained four major setbacks causing the massive loss of bee colonies as:

  1. Diseases and parasites
  2. Pesticides, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, ...
  3. Monocultures
  4. Flowerless landscape

She states:
This small bee is holding up a large mirror, how much is it going to take to contaminate humans? 
She asks and answers:
What are we going to do about this big bee bummer that we've created?
It's hopeful. We can help bees in two direct and easy ways:
  1. Plant Bee-Friendly Flowers
  2. Avoid Pesticide Contamination
Video: TED talk

ps. Thanks to Adarsh for pointing this talk to me.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Honey bee, Don’t you sting me

A commercial ad of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey (released in 2013) uses the song “Honey Bee” by Alecia Chakour with guitarist Sam Cohen. YouTube-Video

Honey bee
Don’t you sting me sting me sting me
Don’t fly away from my heart
Don’t you do it
Don’t you fly away…

Searching on the internet, the original song is "Honey Bee", by New Birth (1971): YouTube-Video. (Thanks to Anonymous for correcting me...)

I found another cool song, as well: “Honey Bee (Keep On Stinging Me)” Diana Ross and The Supremes. YouTube-Video

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Silence of the Bees - video

Silence of the Bees - Youtube video
"In the winter of 2006, a strange phenomenon fell upon honeybee hives across the country. Without a trace, millions of bees vanished from their hives... Silence of the Bees is the first in-depth look at the search to uncover what is killing the honeybee."

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Queen bee's wedding flight - video - on The Guardian

The Guardian released an awesome video of a Queen bee's mating flight from movie More Than Honey.
"Director Markus Imhoof used mini-helicopters and high-speed cameras to capture an extraordinary video of the inflight mating of a virgin queen bee."

Thursday, September 5, 2013

How important are bees?

The August 19 issue of Time Magazine published an article The Plight of the Honeybee — Time Magazine, By Bryan Walsh. The cover is in black with a honey bee in the foreground as it is absconding!
"You can thank the Apis Mellifera, better known as the Western honey bee, for 1 in every 3 mouthfuls of food you’ll eat today."
The title of the magazine is shocking:
A world without Bees.
And the subtitle is thought-provoking:
The price we'll pay if we don't figure out what's killing the honeybee.

Dr. Mercola:
"There are about 100 crop species that provide 90 percent of food globally and, of these, 71 are pollinated by bees. In the US alone, a full one-third of the food supply depends on pollination from bees."

Kenneth Eade, Bless the Bees:
"The bees have survived over 100 million years of evolution, but it has taken us less than 30 years to kill almost all of them off. Bees are responsible for pollinating 60% of the world's food supply and 90% of all flowering plants. Without them, the human race would face starvation."