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
I was pleased to hear recently from Jamie Bucklin of Humboldt, California. Instead of the $16 luggage scale that I used in my hive scale, he built his scale with a $70-100 digital industrial hanging scale from American Weigh Scales. The TL-330 is accurate to .2 lbs and weighs up to 330 lbs – . . . → Read More: Improved Hive Scale
“Scientists continue to hunt for the cause of Colony Collapse Disorder or CCD”. That statement presumes that there is a single cause and not a cascade of causes. It reflects the way we humans think – we naturally want to find the one answer, the simplest answer . If you were to mashup quotations from William of Occam (see Occams Razor) and Voltaire, you might get something like this: “If the simplest answer did not exist, it would be necessary to invent it”. Continue reading Negative Synergy
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It is that time of year when most of the blooms are gone. And with those blooms goes the abundance of food for bees. Being ever ambitious, honey bees are going to find dinner even if it means robbing it from a weak hive. Continue reading Barbarians at the Gate
Atlanta is hot but, at around 1000 feet above sea level, it is not usually as humid as Houston or . . . → Read More: Dr. Shroomlove: How I stopped worrying and learned to love the rain
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