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Waterproof your SHOES with BEESWAX (and a blow dryer)!

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NEW! HoneyLove Newsletter – November 2012
Click link to view the full newsletter —> http://eepurl.com/qTEi5


This months issue includes:

- HoneyLove @ Public Interest Pictures Film Festival
- Beekeeper’s Tool Box Workshop
- HoneyLover of the Month: Ashley
- NEW Michael Bush Videos
- Legalization Update
- Upcoming events

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NEW! HoneyLove Newsletter – November 2012
Click link to view the full newsletter —> http://eepurl.com/qTEi5


This months issue includes:

- HoneyLove @ Public Interest Pictures Film Festival
- Beekeeper’s Tool Box Workshop
- HoneyLover of the Month: Ashley
- NEW Michael Bush Videos
- Legalization Update
- Upcoming events

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It is our great pleasure to officially introduce you to one of the coolest people we know!
November’s HoneyLover of the Month = ASHLEY (HoneyLove Director)

Bees Rescued from: A swarm that moved in to the HoneyLove Sanctuary!
Click here to watch the epic video of their arrival during our 3rd Sunday Mentoring Session! 

ASHLEY: “I’m definitely a new-bee beekeeper, and have enjoyed the community, resources and mentoring HoneyLove has to offer. I feel honored and blessed to be in this group. Strange and awe-inspiring moments are continually unfolding each time I get to be around these fascinating creatures. They are a keystone species that drives home our deep interdependence, and makes me more aware and grateful for my own human hive. I have so much to learn and am really enjoying the journey.”

“Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.”
-A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

hhhmmm… maybe it’s called beekeeping? :)

—> Follow Ashley on twitter here!

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It is our great pleasure to officially introduce you to one of the coolest people we know!
November’s HoneyLover of the Month = ASHLEY (HoneyLove Director)

Bees Rescued from: A swarm that moved in to the HoneyLove Sanctuary!
Click here to watch the epic video of their arrival during our 3rd Sunday Mentoring Session! 

ASHLEY: “I’m definitely a new-bee beekeeper, and have enjoyed the community, resources and mentoring HoneyLove has to offer. I feel honored and blessed to be in this group. Strange and awe-inspiring moments are continually unfolding each time I get to be around these fascinating creatures. They are a keystone species that drives home our deep interdependence, and makes me more aware and grateful for my own human hive. I have so much to learn and am really enjoying the journey.”

“Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.”
-A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

hhhmmm… maybe it’s called beekeeping? :)

—> Follow Ashley on twitter here!

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Urban Beekeeping’s a ‘Sweet’ Deal—So What’s the Hold Up?


It may be full of potential, but urban beekeeping is a movement that’s still in its infancy in Los Angeles, with many challenges that prevent it from taking off. Cities all over the world are promoting beekeeping as a necessary practice to increase food security and environmental stability. In fact, beekeeping is so hot, even Michelle Obama has christened the White House garden with two healthy hives. So what’s the hold up, LA?
 
From a social perspective, how can we dispel the fear that has long overshadowed the bees’ reputation: the dreaded beesting? And from a political perspective, how do you legalize urban beekeeping in a city that disallows it and instead maintains a policy to exterminate all wild honey bees? 
 
Rob and Chelsea MacFarland think they’ve figured out the answers to these questions, and have set out to eliminate these barriers with their organization, HoneyLove. They believe that the city is actually the last refuge of the honeybee, since our home gardens, unlike farms in rural areas, are generally free of pesticides. Urban beekeeping is thriving in cities across the U.S., from New York to San Francisco, but is relatively new in Los Angeles. And it’s a shame because unlike most urban areas in the country, there is year-round availability of pollen and nectar for them to feed on in the City of Angels. 
 
Despite the hospitable habitat, urban beekeeping is still illegal in LA—and misinformation about the danger of “killer bees” means most people aren’t rushing to put on a bee suit. So in order to help it take off, HoneyLove is focusing its efforts on the legal matter, petitioning to legalize urban beekeeping in Los Angeles. And when they aren’t meeting with community councils and petitioning the city (a hearing date will be set this month), they are educating the wee ones, pushing the idea that bees are a critical part of the ecosystem—and not something to fear. 
 
I had a chance to catch up with Rob, co-founder of HoneyLove. He says the main issue is that people associate anything that is black and yellow with bees; yet it’s the wasp—not the honeybee—that is likely to sting at the picnic table. Wasps are aggressive and omnivorous, whereas honeybees are vegetarian and peaceful, just defensive. Unfortunately, people are likely to call an exterminator if they come across a hive in their yard or compost bin, when they should actually call HoneyLove to rescue those busy bees. 
 
And in case you’re wondering why this all matters, don’t let their small size fool you. Honeybees pollinate one-third of U.S. agriculture, from avocados to berries to broccoli, and they’re dying rapidly.  With worldwide bee populations threatened with Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and urban beekeeping more popular than ever, both the policies and the misconceptions around bees need to change. 
 
You can learn more and sign the petition at honeylove.org; and follow HoneyLove on GOOD.
 
Photo courtesy of HoneyLove.org
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Happy Halloween HoneyLovers ?

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beespace

Undergraduate Thesis by Stephanie Newcomb
Project Advisor: Dale Clifford

Beespace is the technical term to describe the space for movement in a Langstroth beehive which is between 3/8” to 1/4”.

“According to Michael Pollan, in his book the Botany of Desire, he places the hypotheses that humans have co-evolved with plants and that maybe instead of humans domesticating the plants for their benefit, it has been the plants that have allured the human for their greatest desire: guarantee their own survival. Through the history of the coevolution between bees and humans there is an understanding of the levels of control, the domestication of the species through its architecture. My intent is to speculate on a cohabitation of humans and bees through a residential architecture. Given the current state of the coevolution, there is a stress not only on the bee population but also on the dependency of the bee. In the last few years the bees have been introduced into urban and suburban environments where it has been proven to be a better places for the bees health.”

[click here to read the full thesis]

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ORIGINAL PAPER: Honeybees can discriminate between Monet and Picasso paintings

by Wen Wu, Antonio M. Moreno, Jason M. Tangen and Judith Reinhard
via JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE PHYSIOLOGY


Abstract

Honeybees (Apis mellifera) have remarkable visual learning and discrimination abilities that extend beyond learning simple colours, shapes or patterns. They can discriminate landscape scenes, types of flowers, and even human faces. This suggests that in spite of their small brain, honeybees have a highly developed capacity for processing complex visual information, comparable in many respects to vertebrates. Here, we investigated whether this capacity extends to complex images that humans distinguish on the basis of artistic style: Impressionist paintings by Monet and Cubist paintings by Picasso. We show that honeybees learned to simultaneously discriminate between five different Monet and Picasso paintings, and that they do not rely on luminance, colour, or spatial frequency information for discrimination. When presented with novel paintings of the same style, the bees even demonstrated some ability to generalize. This suggests that honeybees are able to discriminate Monet paintings from Picasso ones by extracting and learning the characteristic visual information inherent in each painting style. Our study further suggests that discrimination of artistic styles is not a higher cognitive function that is unique to humans, but simply due to the capacity of animals—from insects to humans—to extract and categorize the visual characteristics of complex images.

[click here to view the original paper via springerlink.com]

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Team HoneyLoveThe World Dodgeball Society’s Halloween Spooctacular Costumed Tourney!! 

Yay Bees ?!!!

*If you want to play on Team HoneyLove in our next tournament —> email us!!

[click here to view the full photo album]

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