Fascinating life of the ‘sweat bee’ (Lassioglossum spp.)

Fascinating life of the ‘sweat bee’ (Lassioglossum spp.) Even though my attention is mainly focused on honey bees I am fascinated by the amazing array of wild bees that quietly [...]

Honey bee genetics: altruism vs individualism

Honey Bee Genetics Honey bees and other social insects have an unusual reproductive genetic system, different to us and most other insects – it is called haplodiploidy. In this system [...]

Love Affair with Lavender

Love Affair With Lavender The diversity of insects that forage on lavender is quite astounding, even though they are only foraging for nectar, not pollen. I counted 19 different species [...]

Maths explains how bees can stay airborne

Maths explains how bees can stay airborne with such tiny wings This article , by Timothy Revell in New Scientist – Short Sharp Science Section looks at how bees and other [...]

Kleptoparasite Beetle, Potosia Opaca

Kleptoparasite Beetle, Potosia Opaca By Sandra Evans, Arnia co-founder The below series of photos and a video, taken in the South of France earlier this summer, show a not so [...]

Meet the Arnia team – Sandra Evans

Meet the team – Sandra Evans, Arnia co-founder – Promoting science in bee yards and schools Sandra is a qualified Plant Scientist but these days can also list; beekeeper, researcher, [...]

Human activity is a key driver in the spread of pathogens.

HUMAN ACTIVITY IS A KEY DRIVER IN THE SPREAD OF PATHOGENS AFFLICTING THE EUROPEAN HONEY BEE Robert Owen is author of The Australian Beekeeping Handbook, owner of a beekeeping supply company, [...]

Mind the Gap!

The dangers of a summer nectar dearth Many places experience a summer nectar dearth; a period when there is a shortage of nectar producing flowers for honey bees to forage [...]

Large scale study shows ‘neonic pesticides are harmful to bees’

An extensive study on neonicotinoid pesticides has concluded that they harm both honeybees and wild bees. The research, carried out by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Oxfordshire, identified [...]

Wild Flower or Weed?

Wild Flower or Weed? Here is a lovely image of two pollinators on thistle flower. Honey bees also visit thistle and it is a good source of nectar for a [...]