Using bees to apply pesticides? Unfortunately yes.

I had hoped that this article was a spoof when I saw it linked on Google+ this morning, but it’s all too real: While bees pollinate crops, Canadian researchers have found they can also be used to control pest insects and manage disease by dropping off pest control agents while they work. “We thought we can give added value to …

New lip balm flavours

Just in time for winter, we’re testing cinnamon and star anise (licorice) in our lip balms. Cinnamon especially we need to get right: we don’t want what should be a soothing thing to burn anyone’s lips. 😉 When they’re ready, we’ll be launching an online sales section of the site here. It’s been far too long in the making.

The Great Hive Monitoring Project is underway!

You see lots of numbers and facts bandied about with regards to bee hives and winter. Temperatures, how the cluster moves, when they cluster up, etc. But you don’t actually see the data. I know that the centre of a winter cluster of bees is supposed to be approximately 90F all the time, but only because I’ve read it somewhere. …