Category Archives: Bees

The work happens while the blog sleeps.

Greetings!  Sadly, I have let this blog lapse the past couple years.  But that doesn’t mean I have forsaken writing, or bees.  Since I last posted here I have spent a semester abroad in Rehovot, Israel working on bee foraging … Continue reading

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Hibernate like the Bees

The turkey’s been stuffed.  The first snow has hit the pavement.  Ambitious merry folk in white-trimmed red-felt hats are already weighing down conifers in their living rooms with glass globes and tinsel.  Yes, ’tis the season when one naturally begins … Continue reading

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Report on a BioBlitz!

Last month I participated in Rocky Mountain National Park’s ‘BioBlitz’ Species Inventory.  When I took German in high school, I learned that “Blitzkrieg” means “lightning war,” so that is what came to mind when my friend and fellow melittologist, David, … Continue reading

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Tale of Two Trachusa: Confessions of a Nest Voyeur

Last week I killed a bee family.  I had been watching them for months.  I broke into their home while the mother was out and removed her five little ones, one by one.  I don’t feel great about it.  But … Continue reading

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Honey Bee *CRASH*

Although this blog is decidedly not about honey bees, the media has so successfully publicized their plight in recent years that it is now difficult to enter into a discussion about bees without addressing the dreaded “Colony Collapse Disorder” (CCD).  … Continue reading

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Newsflash: Not All Bees Make Honey!

I think it appropriate to kick-start this blog by debunking some surprisingly common myths about the wondrous world of bees.  While out on the trails conducting bee surveys here in California, I often run into hikers who, upon seeing me … Continue reading

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