Minnesotans spend much of the summer swatting away mosquitoes, but in the fall, it’s the yellow jackets that become a big pest. They’re from the wasp family, and they do have a painful stinger. But there are ways to avoid being stung.
If honey bees were to disappear, the world — not to mention the State Fair — would grow to be a much bleaker place. “Apples, oranges – things like that – they’d all be gone,” said Emily Campbell, the 2013 American Honey Princess.
An environmental group said Wednesday that many home gardeners may be unknowingly hurting the bee population, as the insects’ numbers continue to decline. Bees pollinate many fruits and vegetables, including apples, strawberries, blueberries and cucumbers. The Pesticide Action Network along with a well-known University of Minnesota bee researcher said a study found that garden supply stores including Home Depot and Lowe’s are selling plants that are treated with pesticides that kill bees.
And right now I’m even tempted to describe the doc as refreshing and nutritious as honey. And so I will. More Than Honey is just that — it’s smart, multi-layered, glittering with interesting characters, varied scenes, and Planet Earth-pretty images of bees, flying, working, mating, dying, enduring. More Than Honey is easily one of my favorite science docs this year. And while it’s not all doom-saying, don’t thinks movie won’t give you pause. Ands loads to think about.
The state of the roof at Minneapolis City Hall and Courthouse building has everyone abuzz. Literally. The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community have donated a pair of hives that could help grow bee colonies exceeding 50,000 each.
Now that the weather has finally warmed up, farmer’s markets are back in business. But, you may not see some of your favorite foods right away. Fresh fruits and the honey supply will be delayed this year. Step into the packing facility for Ames Farm Unlimited, and it seems like business as usual. But owner Brian Fredricksen says all the jarred honey, candles and honeycomb are leftovers from last summer.
An 11-year-old Lino Lakes boy heroically saved his 3-year-old brother from a bee attack in late August. Now, he’s being honored by the City of Lino Lakes and the Lino Lakes Police Department.
The St. Paul Fire Department says 11 daycare kids and two adults were walking along Mississippi River Boulevard late Wednesday morning when they were attacked by a swarm of bees.
Carrie Rocha from Minneapolis sent me a question from her kids using Twitter: What’s the difference between bees and wasps?
One good result of this year’s extreme weather in Minnesota is a bumper crop of honey from local bee farmers.
The buzz in Minneapolis is the fact that the number of beekeepers is growing, and the number of people wanting to be a beekeeper is, too.
Beekeepers say a new pesticide is killing bees. A group is asking the EPA to do more testing before using the pesticide, which was approved in 2003.
Honeybees in Wisconsin and Minnesota have had an off-year. Wisconsin produced 3.6 million pounds of honey in 2011. That’s down 12 percent from the 4.1 million pounds it produced the previous year.
A truck driver who was involved in a multi-vehicle Lakeville accident that killed two people and an unborn child has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide.
Cheap Chinese honey being dumped into US market