Blue Sky Bee Supply Blog
University of Guelph IMAGE: This is a Bombus terrestris foraging on oil seed rape.Credit: Dara StanleyNeonicotinoid pesticides hinder wild queen bumblebee’s reproductive success, according to a new University of Guelph study.The study is the first to link exposure to thiamethoxam — one of the most commonly used neonicotinoid pesticides — to fewer fully developed eggs in queens from four wild bumblebee species that forage in farmland.“Queen bees will only lay eggs when the eggs are fully dev …
24th May 2017
First NASS Quarterly Report out today. Check it out and find out colony losses since Jan 1, colony stressors and all the rest. It’s the first one and You will be Amazed!Check it out at https://www.nass.gov/Publications/ scroll down to Today’s Reports from NASS, Honey bee colonies, click on PDF, sit back and see what’s going on.
13th May 2016
Summer losses rival winter losses for the second year running. Beekeepers across the United States lost 44 percent of their honey bee colonies during the year spanning April 2015 to April 2016, according to the latest preliminary results of an annual nationwide survey. Rates of both winter loss and summer loss—and consequently, total annual losses—worsened compared with last year. This marks the second consecutive survey year that summer loss rates rivaled winter loss rates. The …
10th May 2016