WSDA News: Gardening? Quick tips to keep bees buzzing in your garden

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 – The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has developed a new pamphlet meant to help guide home gardeners on the ways to protect bees and other pollinating insects from the possible effects of certain pesticides. The guide, “10 Ways to Protect Bees from Pesticides,” offers information on pesticide use and bees, web sites with information on the topic, and tips to reduce the risk … [Read more...]

‘Bee friendly’ plants may actually be toxic to bees

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by GARY CHITTIM / KING 5 News Bee advocates on Wednesday released a report they say found some plants marketed as ‘bee friendly’ actually contain pesticides that can harm or even kill honey bees. The group Friends of the Earth released the report that says 7 of the 13 plants they purchased from major retailers tested positive for neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides that some tests have … [Read more...]

New Pesticide Labels Will Better Protect Bees – EPA

Fresh from Kim Flottum's CATCH THE BUZZ here: CATCH THE BUZZ - EPA Beefs up Pesticide Labels New Pesticide Labels Will Better Protect Bees and Other Pollinators WASHINGTON – In an ongoing effort to protect bees and other pollinators, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed new pesticide labels that prohibit use of some neonicotinoid pesticide products where bees are … [Read more...]

The Plight of the Honeybee: Time Magazine

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The Plight of the Honeybee -- Time Magazine By Bryan Walsh You can thank the Apis Mellifera, better known as the Western honey bee, for 1 in every 3 mouthfuls of food you'll eat today. From the almond orchards of central California--where each spring billions of honeybees from across the U.S. arrive to pollinate a multibillion-dollar crop--to the blueberry bogs of Maine, the bees are the … [Read more...]

Legislative Update – August 2013

The Washington State Legislature had a fractious year, with two special sessions required to get the budget ironed out. Spending and taxes were at the top of everyone's agenda, for or against. There were very few tax exemptions enacted into law this year, but we beekeepers successfully made our case. Due to the work of WSBA President Mark Emrich and other dedicated beekeepers who took the time to … [Read more...]

First Place 4-H Essay – Elise Dunning, Washington

This year's first place 4-H essay sponsored by The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees was Elise Dunning, Washington. The topic for the 2013 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest was: 4-H Essayists Look to Reducing Bee-Killing Pesticide Usage. Here is the first place winner and her essay: First Place – Elise Dunning; Enumclaw, Washington [ read the essay ] … [Read more...]

Honeycombs’ Surprising Secret Revealed

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Honeycombs' Surprising Secret Revealed - from livescience.com By Laura Poppick, Staff Writer The perfect hexagonal shape of honeycomb cells — once thought to be an incredible feat of math-savvy insects — has now been explained by simple mechanics. Scientists have marveled at the angular perfection of honeycomb for centuries, but none have been able to clearly describe how it forms. … [Read more...]

EPA fails to protect Honey bees – again

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Fresh from Kim Flottum's CATCH THE BUZZ here: CATCH THE BUZZ - The Other (Sulfoxaflor) Shoe Drops Unified Beekeeping Industry organizations file appeal against EPA for the full registration of the pesticide Sulfoxaflor. Beekeeping Industry not satisfied their submitted concerns were properly addressed by EPA before registration was granted. San Francisco — National Beekeeping … [Read more...]

Saving America’s Pollinators Act of 2013

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Representatives Conyers and Blumenauer Introduce Legislation Protecting Pollinators and America’s Food System Center For Food Safety Pollinator Protection Resources (WASHINGTON) – Today, Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) and Representative Earl Bluemenauer (D-OR) introduced the “Saving America’s Pollinators Act of 2013,” which requires the Administrator of the Environmental … [Read more...]

Parasitic Phorid flies confirmed in Washington

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The first Apocephalus borealis of the season emerged over the weekend from honey bees collected in the Lynnwood Washington area.  Larvae are still emerging as of today. It is unknown if this native parasitoid is going to be a serious problem for beekeepers.  A. borealis is ordinarily a parasitoid of yellowjackets and bumble bees but, apparently, has just recently made the jump to the non-native … [Read more...]