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I’ve been under the impression that the evidence was inconclusive about whether the proliferation of mobile phones is tied to colony collapse disorder, but a new study seems to find a correlation.  More research needed.  But the big question is:  IF mobile phone radiation is contributing to the decline of honeybees (and other pollinators), what are we prepared to do about it??

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/7778401/Mobile-phones-responsible-for-disappearance-of-honey-bee.html

bee phone

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From Popular Science:  “German Airports Using “Biodetective” Honeybees to Monitor Air Quality”.  June 29, 2010.

http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2010-06/german-airports-use-honeybees-monitor-air-quality

The bees are busy at work on the second hive box – already filled it 1/4 to 1/3 of the way.  And, the queen was spotted again, so all is well in bee land.  🙂

The bees have filled up the first hive box with comb and brood, and so a second hive box has now been added.  No signs of foulbrood, varroa mites or other infestations.  We think the queen made a special flight appearance while we were checking the frames, as a large bee with a very unusual buzz appeared.  Hopefully all are settled back into their larger, expanded home and doing what bees do.

second hive box

The bees have filled 75 – 80% of the frames in the first hive box.  Going back up to the apiary on Sunday to add a second box.  So far, so good!

Haagen Dazs launched a site to help the honey bees!  Click on the “how you can help” link to learn more about what you can do.  http://www.helpthehoneybees.com/

Haagen Dazs

I’ve been reading Neil Gaiman’s novels lately (American Gods, Anansi Boys), and love his writing, so I was smitten with him even more when he posted a photo of his red hive on Twitter today.  🙂