Monthly Archives: June 2008

Scientists: Honeybees able to learn different “dialects”

Honeybees are able to understand the foreign languages communicated through the dances of bees from different continents, scientists from China, Australia and Germany have found. Read More

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Local honey prices shoot skyward

Cold, windy weather is to blame for the bees’ dramatic drop in honey production, says Mark Pitcher, owner of Babe’s Honey Farm. The Saanich company has seen a 40 per cent decrease in its production of the sweet gooey liquid … Continue reading

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German food company executives arrested in plot to import honey illegally from China

Two executives of a German-based company have been arrested on federal charges of conspiring to import honey contaminated with an illegal antibiotic from China, authorities announced Tuesday. Read More

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The decline of apiculture

Dinh Quyet Tam, Secretary General of the Vietnam Beekeeping Association, said Vietnam’s honey output has decreased because of unfavourable weather and the ban on beekeeping in some provinces. Read More

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Yushchenko surprises with visit to beekeeping shop

After a long day of photo ops, meetings and speeches before throngs of excited fans, Ukrainian president Victor Yushchenko couldn’t resist the sweet temptation of one last unofficial stop in Winnipeg. Read More

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Bad year for blueberry growers

Pollination of berry crops is taking place right now, however, a growing number of fields – and a decreasing number of bees – spells a bad year for berries, officials fear. Read More

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Orchid lures bees with promise of sex with strangers

Male bees with an urge to add to the gene pool are exploited by orchids that pose as irresistibly scented exotic females, new research suggests. Read More

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Honey Bee Losses Continue To Rise In U.S.

A recent survey by the Apiary Inspectors of America found that losses nationwide topped 36 percent of managed hives between September 2007 and March 2008, compared to a 31 percent loss during the same period a year earlier. Read More

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Berries shrink in Canada as bees die

It could be a dark year for local blueberry growers, as bee populations continue to diminish at an unprecedented rate. Read More

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