The feeling was really more of being struck the being stung. Standing on the hillside behind our Oregon home, I must have been 15 or 16 years old. I was performing some chore my father has set me to – clearing weeds most likely as I was using hoe when the incident occurred. I remember […]
The past few years have seen quite an increase in the amount of attention given to the state of honeybee populations around the world – and with good reason, for without their work in pollinating a sizable portion of the world’s food plants (as well as a host of other ones as well) much of […]
What is it like to be a bee? Not so much what does it physically feel like, but rather on a social, perhaps even an emotional level? When you think about how bees act in relation to one another, how the societies they form function, it’s not all that difficult to see some decidedly positive characteristics in bee societies that would possibly improve our own if adopted.
Whenever one hears about bees these days, it is almost invariably to the European honey bee, Apis mellifera, that the reference is being made. Indeed, the health of this species is of justifiably great concern, but it is by no means the only species of bee on the planet. Among the approximately 20,000 species of […]