This site explores the confluence of beekeeping and technology. It is targeted at the amateur and professional:
- beekeeper or bee lover
- scientist, engineer, inventor, DIYer
The primary goal is to develop new, Open Source technologies that can benefit the honey bee and everyone else that benefits from the honey bee. Continue reading Welcome To BeeHacker.Com
A single honey bee has a brain the size of a grass seed. That singular honey bee is able to do some pretty amazing things with that little seed.
- It is the only animal other than us to communicate in a symbolic language. A forager/scout bee communicates to other bees the distance and direction to nectar sources or potential new homes by performing a dance in the dark. (Video after the jump…) Continue reading Honey Bee Intelligence
I recently got an email from Frank Linton. Frank works at Mitre Corp and has been interested in hive monitoring for a long time. Last year, he organized the first workshop on hive monitoring at Eastern Apicultural Society’s annual conference in Vermont. I’ll let Frank speak for himself – the following is an excerpt . . . → Read More: Monitoring Honey Bee Colonies Electronically
A really dead zombie honey bee after phorid fly larvae emerge
As if there were not enough pests that kills bees already, we can now add parasitic phorid fly to our list of worries. This fly, recently reported in PLoS, lays its eggs in the honey bee and this turns the honey bee into a zombie. Rather, the infected honey bee exhibits zombie-like behavior. According to a fascinating, new website, ZombeeWatch.org, “Honey bees infected by the Zombie Fly leave their hives at night and are attracted to nearby lights where they become stranded and eventually die.” Kinda like zombies. Continue reading Zombies, Citizen Science, & Motivation
Who ever thinks that self-gratification is somehow more rewarding than service to others has never taken 20,000 stinging insects into a 7th grade science class.
I recently took my newly built Ulster observation hive (click here for building instructions) with 5 frames of bees into a local elementary school. I had a PowerPoint presentation called Thank . . . → Read More: Beekeeper Rock Star
The_Queen_Must_Die by William Longgood
Have you ever read a book, thoroughly enjoyed it, and wondered why everyone didn’t enjoy it as much as you. Reading a book is a mostly creative process – the dry words of printed books are like mallets on the chimes of our experience. That is what makes reading such a personal experience. For too many people, all books sound tinny. For experienced beekeepers, The Queen Must Die resonates long and harmoniously. Continue reading Review of ‘The Queen Must Die’
One of the bloggers I admire most is Linda Tilman of Linda’s Bees – not so much because she is a Master Bee Keeper – which she is – but because she is self-confident enough to share her own failures as well as her successes on her blog pages. That is what makes her . . . → Read More: 2011 Beekeeping Mea Culpas
You may remember about one year ago, I posted a video of robotic flying multicopters building a structure. I was so intrigued that I have built my own robotic quadcopter based on the Arducopter design with the intent of engineering a true autonomous swarm. But more on that at a future date. Here is RoboBees (click here) - a research project at Harvard seeking to develop mechanical structures that fly – inspired by bees and enabled by microelectronic fabrication technology. The mechanical device shown is the size of a penny but the MEMS technology could be used to build something much smaller. The video below shows the result of the manufacturing process but they also have videos of this thing flying and are working on an optical sensor and swarm behaviors.
Video after the jump… Continue reading Harvard’s RoboBee Project
I am pleased to report that ‘beehacker’ has been entered into the lexicon of popular culture. WordSpy, “the word lover’s guide to new words”, has identified an emerging new meme: beehacker. A beehacker has been defined as
n. A beekeeper who uses digital tools and technology to help monitor and manage a . . . → Read More: Entomologist: Meet Etymologist