Berenbaum: Effects of feeding sugar rather than honey show unintended consequences


The sugar water/corn syrup/fruitcose vs. honey debate for feeding your bees is a long-standing one.   Recently, I found a Scientific American podcast interview from 2009 in which May Berenbaum, University of Illinois entomologist and bee researcher, discussed that very question with Steve Mirsky of Scientific American. Here are some of the main points BerenbaumContinue reading “Berenbaum: Effects of feeding sugar rather than honey show unintended consequences”

Bee researcher May Berenbaum awarded National Medal of Science


May Berenbaum, a well-known entomologist and bee researcher at the University of Illinois, has been awarded a National Medal of Science by President Barack Obama. The medal is the nation’s highest honor for achievement and leadership in advancing fields of science. Berenbaum’s work has concentrated in how bees and other insects interact with plants. But sheContinue reading “Bee researcher May Berenbaum awarded National Medal of Science”

The ‘social mobility’ of worker bees


This won’t be any surprise to beekeepers or people who know anything about bees: About 20 percent of the worker bees do most of the foraging. And when these foraging bees need to be replaced, other workers step into those roles. This short video (1:32) from the New York Times makes that point and showsContinue reading “The ‘social mobility’ of worker bees”