A handful of honeybee pollen. Purdue University/Tom Campbell. Animals Environment 

Honeybee Pollen and Pesticides in Your Garden

By Kate Stone Scientists at Purdue University have been investigating where bees collect most of their pollen—and, consequently, unintended pesticides. The results are unexpected. Even in agricultural areas dominated by soybeans and corn, honeybees collect most of their pollen from plants other than agricultural crops. Furthermore, the pollen is consistently contaminated with pesticides.  [tweetthis]Only use insecticides when you really need to because bees will come into contact with them.[/tweetthis] Christian Krupke, professor of entomology, and Elizabeth Long, now an assistant professor of entomology at Ohio State University, collected pollen from…

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Declining bee populations: A healthy honeybee visiting a backyard apple tree Animals Biology Environment 

Ten Fun Facts about Honeybees and Honey

Honeybees and Honey Honeybees do not exactly make honey. Instead, they improve the nectar produced by flowers. The honey we love to eat is nectar that bees have swallowed, regurgitated, and condensed for us (and for themselves). In the course of her lifetime, one healthy worker bee will produce 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey, without added environmental stress. The average American consumes about one pound of honey per year. That’s about 1 1/3 cups. To produce one pound of honey, the worker bees in a single hive collectively fly…

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