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“As a bee gathering nectar does not harm or disturb the colour and fragrance of the flower; so do the wise move through the world.” -Buddha (Dhammapada: Flowers, verse 49)

[post via Vanishing of the Bees]

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Bees at work, the ‘waggle dance’

“They dance a special dance usually performed on a vertical surface of the hive, communicating the direction of a potential food source and its distance from the hive to other bees around… The distance the food source is from the hive is represented by the proportion of time the bee spends wagging its tail in the dance and the direction is represented by the angle to the vertical the bee adopts for the wagging portion of the dance…”

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ARTICLE: Pitt Meadows allows urban beekeeping (BC, Canada)

Bees can now buzz freely within Pitt Meadows city limits.

Council gave third reading Tuesday to a bylaw that permits apiaries, or hives, in its urban area. 
The new bylaw proposes limiting the number of colonies to two for lots less than 1,000 sq. metres and four colonies for lots greater than 1,000 sq. metres.

Hive owners must also have a 1.8-metre hedge around any property containing beehives or provide adequate setbacks between the hives and adjacent properties. Owners will also have to ensure there is adequate water to prevent bees from flying over a fence for a drink in neighbour’s swimming pool.

As per provincial legislation, all beehive owners will have to register with the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture.

[click here to view the original article on mapleridgenews.com]

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Photo: i ? bees

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B-up!

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HAPPY VALENTINES DAY HONEYLOVERS ?!!

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Pesticide Action Network
Petition: Earth to EPA: Bees need help now

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HoneyLove Sanctuary
- January 22, 2012

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Thanks so much to all the HoneyLovers who came out tonight to our Honey Harvest Workshop!!
What an amazing turn out!! ? Yay Bees!!!

(more photos here)

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Bee Behavior Mimics Brain Neuron Function -

“A new study of bees has come to the conclusion that bee swarm communication works similarly to that of neurons in the human brain.

The study, published in the December 9 issue of Science, found that bees use inhibitory “stop” signals to prohibit the scout bees from completing a waggle dance that helps bees learn the directions of competing sites for new hives. This behavior helps to ensure that the best homesite is found for the hive.

Thomas Seeley, a biologist from Cornell University, said this behavior is “analogous to how the nervous system works in complex brains. The brain has similar cross inhibitory signaling between neurons in decision-making circuits.”

To study this behavior the researchers set up swarms, one at a time, on an island off the coast of Maine that was devoid of natural nesting cavities. After setting out two identical nesting boxes, they labeled scout bees with two different paint colors. They then videotaped the scout bees doing the waggle dance. The dances were tracked by watching the scout bees with the marks by using microphones and videotape to tell when they received the stop signals and from which bees.

The team observed that the stop signals came from scouts that were marked at the other site.

Visscher said, “The message the sender scout is conveying to the dancer appears to be that the dancer should curb her enthusiasm, because there is another nest site worthy of consideration Such an inhibitory signal is not hostile. It’s simply saying, ‘Wait a minute, here’s something else to consider, so let’s not be hasty in recruiting every bee to a site that may not be the best one for the swarm. All the bees have a common interest in choosing the best available site.”

According to the press release once the bees decide to swarm and move to a new nesting site the message of the stop signal changes. Visscher says, “Apparently at this point, the message of the stop signal changes, and can be thought of as, ‘Stop dancing, it is time to get ready for the swarm to fly. It is important for the scouts to be with the swarm when it takes off, because they are responsible for guiding the flight to the nest site.”

[click here to view the full article on redorbit.com]

[click here to view similar articles on psypost.org and arstechnica.com]

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