Minnesota has hundreds of bee species. And now, for the first time, scientists are doing a count of how many bees call our state home. The count allows scientists to study relationships between population changes and pesticide use.
The Minnesota Legislature passed scores of new laws this spring, and many of them take effect Tuesday. Here’s a look at some of the more notable.
Honeybees are helping to change the lives of some Minnesotans living with disabilities. Just last year, Midwest Special Services in Shoreview started a bee keeping program for its clients, making a sweet difference in their lives.
When out picnicking on a nice day, wasps aren’t typically welcome. “I just run,” Kelley Hart, from Waconia, said. But it seems like all of a sudden they’re everywhere. “When you’re outside picnicking, eating, grilling that type of stuff, that is when they come out quite a bit more,” Hart said.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will spend millions of dollars to help farmers and ranchers improve pastures in five Midwestern states to provide food for the nation’s struggling honeybees under a program to be announced Tuesday.
HACKENSACK, Minn. (WCCO) — The second stop on this year’s winter lake trip brought Frank Vascellaro and Chris Shaffer to Hackensack, Minn., a town in Cass County with a population of just over 300. The […]
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?