• Nature notes: sugar-free city bees

    Despite a lack of flowers in ever-developing urban areas, city bees have surprised researchers with their diet preference by sticking to a nectar-based diet and steering clear of processed sugar.  Researchers from North Carolina State University (NCSU) collected worker honey bees from 39 colonies in rural and urban sites – 24 of which were managed by beekeepers, […]

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  • Maryland to become first state to ban bee-killing pesticides

    While farmers will still be allowed to use neonicotinoids, the popular pesticide will be banned from consumers. “Maryland’s honeybees are being massacred, and the weapon might be in your house” reads The Washington Post headline. And indeed, the mid-Atlantic state lost more than 60 percent of its hives last year, each with up to 20,000 […]

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