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Beekeeping Facebook Groups

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There are some very active Beekeeing groups on Facebook now. These groups are an invaluable source of information for both the novice and the experienced beekeeper.

One group is Backyard Beekeeping and has over 9,000 members from all over the world. Here you can ask just about anything as long as it's bee-related, and you can expect to get mutiple answers. Here is a typical post:

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UK - Swarm on Downing Street

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In London hundreds of people gathered outside of the Prime Minister's office on Downing Street to object to an appeal to lift the ban on pesticides containing neonicitinoids linked to decline in bee populations. Here is a link to an article about this event: http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/2014/07/01/bees-swarm-on-downing-street/ and here is a photo:

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Obama Creates Honey Bee Taskforce

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President Obama set up a new government task force to study and address the issue of declining honey bee populations. Here is a link to a post on the White House website on the creation of this taskforce: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/20/fact-sheet-economi...

Here is an excert from that page:

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Fewer bees lost this winter

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Fewer honeybees died this last winter than in previous winters. According to a recently released report, there was a 23.2% decline in bee populations over the winter, compared to 30.5% last year. 

“It’s better than some of the years we’ve suffered,” said Dennis vanEngelsdorp, a director of the partnership and an entomologist at the University of Maryland. Still, he noted, a 23 percent loss “is not a good number.” He continued, “We’ve gone from horrible to bad.”

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Bees have a stunning bite

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According to an  article on BBC' website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20080389 a honey bee can bite with a chemical that stuns the victim. They appear to use this bite against small pests such as the Varroa mite and Wax moth larvae.

"Honey-bees are known for their sting, but scientists have now discovered they can also bite.

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