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California beehive heists lead to felony charges

By SCOTT SMITH Associated Press

FRESNO, Calif.

Two California men have been charged with a string of felony counts stemming from a criminal case that created a buzz among beekeepers across the country, authorities said Thursday.

The men charged with possessing more than 1,200 stolen beehives could each spend more than a decade in jail if convicted, the Fresno County District Attorney's Office said.

The case stems from a tip in April that led investigators to Pavel Tveretinov, 51, and Vitaliy Yeroshenko, 48, at work among stacks of mismatched beehives on a field outside Fresno.


Bees are a key part of the agriculture industry in California, the nation's most productive farming state. Beekeepers from around the country truck in their beehives and rent them to farmers to pollinate their flowering crops, such as almonds.

Investigators have said the beehives had been stolen during the night over more than two years from orchards in several California counties. The victims were beekeepers as far away as Missouri, Montana and North Dakota.

The two Sacramento-area men are charged with nine felony counts of receiving stolen property.

While announcing the break in the case in May, Fresno County Sheriff's investigators said they had netted 2,500 stolen beehives valued at nearly $1 million.

Charges filed by prosecutors on Thursday, however, estimate 1,200 beehives valued at $200,000. Prosecutors based their charges on the reports they received from investigators, said Geri Benavides, a spokeswoman for the office.

An attorney representing Yeroshenko could not be reached by The Associated Press for comment. Authorities have issued a warrant seeking his arrest.

Defense attorney Andrew Kalnoki dismissed the validity of the case filed against Tveretinov, who was booked into jail with bail set at $267,750.

"The charges have no factual or legal basis," Kalnoki said. "We are going to put forth a very vigorous defense."


Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/state/california/article157685744.html#storylink=cpy

 

Buzz Me: Blondie helping to save the bees with new campaign tied into "Pollinator" album

Debbie Harry and her band Blondie have launched a new campaign called BEE Connected, designed to raise awareness about the decline in the global population of bees, as well as the insects' importance in the food chain and Earth's ecosystems.

The initiative ties in with Blondie's new studio album, Pollinator, and debuted in conjunction with the 10th annual National Pollinator Week, which kicked off Monday, June 19.

The BEE Connected campaign has partnered with a number of environmental organizations, including Pollinator Partnership, Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace, which are dedicated to the preservation and health of bee populations via education and consumer and political initiatives.

"Basically, my motives for supporting pollinators is survival; survival of us all, survival of the human race," says Harry.

To raise money for the campaign, limited-edition "Pollinator/Save the Bees" T-shirts are being sold at Blondie.net/beeconnected. The website also features links to various organizations that support bee conservation.

Blondie is also offering a bee-inspired yellow-and-black filter fans can use on their social media sites to promote the BEE Connected campaign. You can download it now at Blondie.net/beesocial.

As previously reported, Blondie will support Pollinator by hitting the road with Garbage on a North American trek dubbed the Rage and Rapture Tour. The outing, which will feature X's John Doe and Exene Cervenka as the opening act, gets underway July 5 in Saratoga, California.

http://abcnewsradioonline.com/music-news/2017/6/22/buzz-me-blondie-helping-to-save-the-bees-with-new-campaign-t.html

 

Building Bee Resilience, One Queen At A Time 

By Patrick Skahill • Jun 27, 2017

Honey bees have been having a tough time lately. Pests and disease have plagued many hives, killing off the pollinators and forcing people looking to save the bees to get creative.

One scientist in Connecticut is now pinning his hopes on bee genes -- tracking down honey bee “survivors” in the hopes of spreading their hearty DNA.

If you ever read Where’s Waldo?, you’d relate to Richard Cowles as he worked with bees.

“I call it, ‘Where’s Wanda?’” said Cowles, a scientist with the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, during a recent visit to Lockwood Farm in Hamden.

As he held a frame full of busy female worker bees up to the sun, Cowles was looking for their master -- the queen. It was an early step in what promises to be a months-long experiment -- one Cowles hopes will ultimately breed stronger bees.

“What I am trying to do,” Cowles said, “is to find as many different sources of bees that have strong hygienic traits -- good survival traits -- bring them together, and then have controlled mating.”

To do that, he ordered queen bees from around the country and New England -- places like Vermont and Massachusetts. They’re honey bees with “superior genetics” Cowles said may make them better able to shake off pests and disease.

But before those new queens can go into the hive, the old ones need to come out. After a few minutes of searching, research assistant Ellie Clark spotted the elusive queen, “Wanda.”

Lately, bees like Queen Wanda have been trouble. State bee inspector Mark Creighton said about half of the hives in Connecticut didn't survive the winter -- and that's happened for the past three years.

“Some areas had significant losses, and others fared very well,” Creighton said. “Those in the drought regions -- especially those that just came out of drought -- they didn’t have a chance to put on adequate food reserves at the end of last year.”

Then, there’s the varroa mite. Creighton said this parasite is the number one killer of bees in Connecticut. It feeds on bees, can cripple their newborns, and spreads disease, which honey bees can pass on to other pollinators at shared flowers.

“They impact our native bees,” Creighton said. “And we want to keep all our bees healthy -- not just our Apis mellifera.”

Some of the new queens of Apis mellifera -- that’s the scientific name for honey bees -- Cowles will place in the hives are specifically bred for their resilience to varroa. But he said shaking up hive leadership is a delicate process.

“You can’t just let her go, or they’d immediately surround her -- and they’d do what’s called ‘balling’ her, which means to form a mass that will heat up the insides to lethal temperature and kill her,” Cowles said.

So a queen actually gets placed into her new hive in a tiny protective box. That allows her smell to mesmerize her subjects slowly -- until the workers accept her.

And here’s where the experiment gets complicated. Like a plant breeder crossing strawberries to select for the best qualities, Cowles wants to crossbreed his bees to select for the best survivor traits.

Which means next summer, he’ll take his new virgin queens and cross their DNA with the harvested semen of lots of new male drones.

The harvest has an unhappy ending.   

“There’s a weird process,” Cowles said. “You make him buzz a whole lot. And here’s the sad part. Now, let’s see if I have the technique down. I was getting pretty good at it. You gotta start from the front of the abdomen and work your way back and, hopefully, all of a sudden, it’ll go ‘pop!’”

Cowles worked the bee between his fingers, simulating what would happen to a male drone while mating with a queen. I'll spare you the details, but his technique worked.

For every queen Cowles inseminates in the lab, he said he’ll need about 15 or 20 drones. And he’ll have to keep track of them all, to avoid inbreeding.

From there, Cowles will share his specially-bred bees with beekeepers in the state to see how well they survive. One hope, he said, is that the project raises awareness of the importance of acquiring well-bred bees.

“Ultimately, it’s not only for the beekeepers, and for improved survival of honey bees, but it’s also to improve the overall pollinator health in the state,” he said.

Cowles and state bee inspector Creighton said they also hope to incorporate feral populations of honey bees into their breeding program, purposefully working in one more pool of strong genes -- which will, hopefully, yield stronger bees.

  

Large Study Links Key Pesticide to Weakened Honeybee Hives

In this August 5, 2014 file photo, Oregon State University bee researcher Jarred Jorgensen looks for "nurse bees" in a hive outside in Corvallis, Oregon.

A common and much-criticized pesticide dramatically weakens already vulnerable honeybee hives, according to a new massive field study in three European countries.

For more than a decade, the populations of honeybees and other key pollinators have been on the decline, and scientists have been trying to figure out what's behind the drop, mostly looking at a combination of factors that include disease, parasites, poor diet and pesticides.

Other studies, mostly lab experiments, have pointed to problems with the insecticides called neonicotinoids, but the new research done in Britain, Hungary and Germany is the largest field study yet.

Researchers planted about 7.7 square miles (2,000 hectares) of fields of rapeseed, which is made into cooking oil, called canola in America. Some of the fields were planted with seeds treated with the insecticide, others with untreated seeds. The researchers followed bees from the spring of 2015 when the seeds flowered to the following spring when new bees were born.


The bee hives in the Hungarian and British fields that used pesticide-treated seeds did worse surviving through the next winter, the researchers found. In Hungary, the honeybee colonies near treated fields had 24 percent fewer worker bees the next spring when compared to those near untreated crops, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Science .

But in Germany, the bees didn't seem harmed. Hives there were generally healthier to start and when scientists analyzed the pollen brought back to the hives, they determined that the German bees ate a far broader diet with much less of their nutrition coming from the pesticide-treated rapeseed plants, said study director Richard Pywell. Only about 10 percent of the German bee diet was from neonicotinoid-treated plants, compared to more than 50 percent in Hungary and England, he said.

When hives are weakened by disease, parasites or bad diet — as many hives are worldwide — then the neonicotinoids "pushes them over the edge," said Pywell, a scientist at the Center for Ecology and Hydrology in England. So many of the British hives died, in both treated and untreated fields, that scientists couldn't calculate the specific effect of the insecticide, he said.


The same study also found that wild bees were also weakened by the insecticide, but in a bit different ways, Pywell said. And for wild and honeybees, one neonicotinoid brand seemed to cause greater harm.

Europe banned neonicotinoids, or neonics, in 2013 and researchers needed a special exemption to do their study. Another study in the journal, also finds problems with neonicotinoids in a study in Canada.

The European and Canadian studies show that neonicotinoids harm bees, but still may not quite be the leading cause of bee losses, said University of Maryland entomologist Dennis vanEngelsdorp, who wasn't part of the study.


"The problem remains complex, like cancer," vanEngelsdorp said in an email.

Neonicotinoids makers Bayer and Syngenta paid for the European study but had no control over the results or the published paper, Pywell said.

Company officials pointed to the results in Germany and the lack of harm to hives there.

"The study shows that when hives are healthy and relatively disease free and when bees have access to diverse forage, neonics do not pose a danger to colony health," Bayer spokesman Jeffrey Donald wrote in an email.

In a statement, Syngenta's Peter Campbell, head of research collaborations, said the study "strongly suggests the effects of neonicotinoids are a product of interacting factors."


Source: Large Study Links Key Pesticide to Weakened Honeybee Hives | NBC New Yorkhttp://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/health/Large-Study-Links-Key-Pesticide-Weakened-Honeybee-Hives--431593403.html#ixzz4lnOm4WlC

 

 

Neonics – Everything You Need To Know About How They’re Killing Our Bees [Infographic]

Our bees are in trouble. Global bee populations have been falling for quite a while now at an alarming rate. And this is much more serious than just a lack of honey – bees pollinate a huge amount of our plants, fruit and vegetables. If they disappeared completely, it’s safe to say that our everyday lives would be dramatically affected.

So what is causing this decline? There are various factors, including climate change and disease, but one of the biggest causes (and one that’s caused by us humans) is neonics, a pesticide used on crops that’s incredibly harmful to bees. This infographic looks at what neonics are, how they’re use, the effects they have on bees, and some of the alternatives. Have a read and learn about how these pesticides are killing our bees.

http://www.sun-leisure.com/blog/neonics-bees-infographic/

California State Beekeepers Association’s 2017 Convention

California State Beekeepers Association’s 2017 Convention is taking place November 14-16, 2017 at Harrah's  Lake Tahoe. This year’s convention will feature speakers such as Secretary of Agriculture, Karen Ross and Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman and many more. Register online today californiastatebeekeepers.com/events.

Byrd Amendment Information

Opportunity for AHP A Members to Receive Dumping and Countervailing Duties Collected on Honey Imports from China and Argentina

In the fall of each year, the federal government distributes to eligible domestic producers the duties the government has assessed and collected on certain imports that are subject to antidumping ("AD") and countervailing duty ("CVD") orders.  For purposes relevant to AHPA members, the government will again distribute this fall AD and CVD duties collected during its fiscal year 2017 (i.e., October 2016 through September 2017) on honey from China and Argentina that was imported into the United States between December 2001 and September 2007, the period during which the so-called "Byrd Amendment" was in effect.  

The government just announced that, as of April 30, 2017, it had collected $23,993.45 in AD and CVD duties on honey imports from Argentina and China, and that it intends to distribute this amount to eligible domestic honey producers later in 2017.  While this is a relatively small amount, the preliminary amount announced by CBP for FY 2017 is subject to change through the end of the year (i.e., Sept. 30, 2017), so the actual amount distributed under the China Honey AD order for fiscal year 2017 could be less than, or greater than, the preliminary amount.

            Each AHPA member that meets all four of the following requirements is eligible to apply for a "distribution" of the duties collected during FY 2017:

(1)        The member was an AHPA member in good standing (including having fully paid its dues) in 2000, when the Petition requesting the AD/CVD honey trade investigations was filed;

(2)        The member has fully paid all of its membership dues for each year from 2000 to 2017;

(3)        The member has continuously produced and sold raw honey from 2000 to 2017; and

(4)        The member is not a member of Sioux Honey Association (“SHA”) or, if it is an SHA member, the member will not receive any part of distributions SHA will receive for FY 2017. 

The AHPA will soon submit to the federal government an updated AHPA membership list that will include only those members that meet the first three of these four requirements.  Any AHPA member that has not paid its dues through 2017 will not be included on the list the AHPA provides to the government and thus will not be eligible to receive a distribution of the duties collected during FY 2017.

            In order to receive a distribution of the collected duties, qualifying AHPA members (i.e., those that meet the four requirements above) must submit to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) a certification making claims for a distribution under the three AD and CVD trade orders on honey imports from China and Argentina.  

This certification must be RECEIVED by CBP by Monday, July 31, 2017.  Any certification received by CBP after that date will not be considered.  In addition, to the extent you submit your certification to CBP in hard copy, you need to submit three copies of the certification. 

Forms and instructions may be downloaded from the AHPA website:

http://www.ahpanet.com/?page=ByrdAmendment

 

If It Smells Like a Petunia or Shampoo, It Might Be a Pesticide

ARS chemist Aijun Zhang has discover a familiar fragrance may be an environmentally friendly insecticide. Click the image for more information about it.

 

 

 

 


June 19, 2017

A scent that petunias and snapdragons release to attract pollinators may be an environmentally friendly control for pests like the spotted wing drosophila fly (SWD) and the brown marmorated stink bug.

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) chemist Aijun Zhang discovered the fragrant chemical methyl benzoate, which is also a popular ingredient approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in foods, cosmetics and shampoo, can kill these insects and others.

Few choices are available for controlling SWD, which is an invasive species from Asia. It has quickly spread across the United States and can cause significant damage to fruit crops, especially berries.

Zhang, who is with the ARS Invasive Insect Biocontrol and Behavior Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, points out the possibility of a new bio-based pesticide—especially one based on an inexpensive chemical whose residue lasts a relatively short time in the environment—is exciting.

Recently, Zhang was granted a patent for insecticide use of methyl benzoate. ARS is seeking a company to license the technology and bring commercial products to market.

Originally, Zhang was identifying volatile compounds in apple juice that attracted fruit flies. Compounds found in rotting apples and other fruits usually attract flies. He found one compound—No. 19—strongly repelled SWD, and later showed it killed them as well. Compound No. 19 turned out to be methyl benzoate, with its characteristic wintergreen-spicy, floral-fruity aroma.

Methyl benzoate proved to be 5 to 20 times more toxic to eggs of brown marmorated stink bug, diamondback moth and tobacco hornworm than a conventional pyrethroid insecticide, a sulfur and pyrethrin mixture, or some organic products currently on the market.

Next, Zhang will test methyl benzoate's effectiveness against mosquitoes, fire ants, gypsy moths and stored-product insect pests. All of these insects are developing resistance to standard pesticides.

Zhang is also investigating whether low doses of methyl benzoate could control Varroa mites, the No. 1 problem of managed honey bees today.

You can read more about this research in the June 2017 issue of AgResearch magazine.

For more information contact Kim Kaplan, ARS Office of Communications.

 

   IT’S NATIONAL POLLINATOR WEEK!!!!  

    June 19-25, 2017    

 

 

National Pollinator Week is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them

Ten years ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week has now grown into an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles.

The Pollinator Partnership is proud to announce that June 19-25, 2017 has been designated National Pollinator Week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Pollinator Week was initiated and is managed by the Pollinator Partnership.

Interactive Pollinator Week Event Map
http://www.pollinator.org/pollinatorweek/

 

Honey Bee Health Coalition Supports Honey Bee Health During Pollinator Week

Supporting honey bee health has never been as important as it is today. The annual Bee Informed Partnership survey has shown that in 2016, surveyed beekeeper lost a third of their bees. With agriculture dependent on honey bees and other native pollinators, the Honey Bee Health Coalition is proud to be developing collaborative, multi-factor solutions to the challenges bees face.
 
Three years since its launch, the Coalition is still going strong.
 
With Pollinator Week just around the corner, the Coalition continues to draw inspiration from its namesake and work together to find collective and collaborative strategies to support honey bee health.

Pollinator Week
Honey bees and pollinators work throughout the year to support the food and products we count on every day. Pollinator Week is an opportunity to highlight everything honey bees make possible — including billions of dollars in North American agriculture.

Coalition members are doing their parts to highlight not only the challenges bees face, but also the opportunities for everyday people to support honey bee health. For example, Coalition members will be holding and participating in a series of events, including:

But that's not all: Coalition members and allies are holding a wide variety of events across the nation. To learn more about additional Pollinator Week activities, including those in your backyard, visit the Pollinator Partnership’s interactive map.

 

Check out the Buzz for Pollinator Week 2017!

June 19-25, 2017 | Celebrate, Educate, Change

National Pollinator Week is a time to increase public awareness of the critical contribution pollinators––bees, butterflies, birds, bats, and other organizms––make to plant health, crop productivity, and the preservation of natural resources, as well as the threat to their existence from pesticide contaminated habitat. Pesticides have consistently been implicated as a key contributor to dramatic pollinator declines. not only immediate deaths, but as a result of low-level exposure causing adverse effects to bee reproduction, navigation and foraging, and their vulnerability to disease and parasites.

Please join us in our BeeProtective campaign for Pollinator Week 2017!

Made by Pollinator Campaign: Speak to the important role pollinators play in our food system. By partnering with local restaurants that promote local, organic and sustainable practices, we educate through menu displays or a weekly special featuring foods dependent on pollinators for production. Get a restaurant in your community to participate. For more information, click here.

The Well-Stocked Hardware Store: Get your local hardware store and nursery to go bee-friendly by carrying products and tools that support organic land management. You can use our video Making the Switch - view it on our webpage by clicking here.

BEE Protective in Your Community: Plant nontoxic pollinator habitat and eliminate bee-toxic pesticide use within your community! Click here to learn more.

Follow Beyond Pesticides' website, Twitter, and Facebook for more ways to get involved in celebrating pollinators, and use the hashtag #NPW2017 to share your actions!

National Pollinator Week Webinar Series: “The Keys to Colony Success”

June 7, 2017 by PAm Manager

What would happen if we put all the known best practices in action for our bees? This project implements all our best tools- Varroa management, pesticide pollinator protections, supplemental forage and beekeeper/grower communications- exciting right? Tune in for this webinar about a really important project funded by our Healthy Hives 2020 initiative!

Click Here to Register for “The Keys to Colony Success”
Wed, Jun 21, 2017 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

With Julie Shapiro, Coalition Facilitator, Keystone Policy Center, Keystone, CO, and Mike Smith, Project Director, Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC), West Lafayette, IN

Visit the HH2020 web page for additional information and see other upcoming HH2020 webinars below:

Click Here to Register for “Tracking the Changing Deformed Wing Virus”
Mon, Jun 19, 2017 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

With Stephen Martin, Ph.D., Professor, School of Environment & Life Sciences, University of Salford, Manchester, UK

Click Here to Register for “Smarter Hives, Healthier Bees”
Fri, Jun 23, 2017 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

With Joseph Cazier, Ph.D. and Ed Hassler, Ph.D. of the Center for Analytics Research and Education, Appalachian State University, and James Wilkes, Ph.D., Computer Science Department, Appalachian State University, and Founder, HiveTracks.com

Did you know pollinators are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat? Unfortunately, like managed honey bees, many of our wild native bee species are suffering alarming population declines. Sadly, the Trump Administration appears determined to weaken, or even eliminate, many of the critical federal protections that support bees and other pollinators.

That’s why Center for Food Safety is working to develop a new mobile app called Wild Bee ID. Our app will be designed to educate and inspire users about the thousands of species of native bees and what we can do to help conserve these essential pollinators!

Please chip in today to help us build this innovative mobile app >>

Wild Bee ID will be your go-to app to identify native bees and pollinator-friendly habitats. It’s filled with high-resolution images of native bees and the flowers they visit; background on the different bee lifecycles, anatomy, and nesting requirements; and concrete steps you can take to help protect pollinators.

Here’s a sneak peek at what we’re building:

The app will offer dozens of pages of educational material on native bees, organized into multiple “guides.” The guides will include detailed information on the role of native bees in their natural ecosystems and food webs, the ecology and life cycles of native bees, and how to create a successful native-bee friendly garden. 

By supporting our crowdfunding campaign, you’re helping to bring Wild Bee ID to home gardens and schools across the U.S. Help us create a vast network of pollinator advocates working to identify, support, and protect our wild bees!

 


Thanks for everything you do,

 

The Center for Food Safety pollinator team

P.S. – Get your gift bundle while they last! We’ve got everything from stickers, garden signs, and pollinator-friendly seeds to organic tote bags, limited-edition watercolor bumble bee prints, premium honey, and even a private meeting with our Executive Director

 

Release No. 0053.17

Contact: USDA Press
Phone: (202) 720-4623
Email: press@oc.usda.gov

 

 

 

 

Second Lady Karen Pence, Secretary Perdue Unveil Beehive at Vice President’s Residence, and Asks Public to Help Boost Pollinator Population

Secretary and Mrs. Perdue joined Second Lady Karen Pence to unveil a new beehive on the grounds of the Vice President’s residence.

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2017 – Second Lady Karen Pence and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today unveiled a newly-installed beehive on the grounds of the Vice President’s residence, drawing attention to the plight of pollinators whose numbers are in decline. Together, the two urged Americans to do their own part to help reverse the population trend among the creatures, which are essential to producing much of the nation’s food.

“All types of pollinators, such as bees, butterflies, birds and bats, are critical to providing our nation’s food, fiber, fuel and medicine,” Mrs. Pence said. “However, our beekeepers have been losing colonies for many years. This presents a serious challenge to our ability to produce many of the agricultural products that we enjoy today. The bees at the Vice President’s Residence will provide an added bonus to the vegetable and flower gardens by making them well pollinated and taste even better at harvest.”

Perdue released a proclamation he has signed declaring June 19-25, 2017 as “National Pollinator Week” (Proclamation can be viewed online at https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/national-pollinator-week-secretary-proclamation.pdf (PDF, 97.5 KB)). Perdue noted that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency led efforts to create a National Pollinator Health Strategy. The two agencies are working with a number of other federal departments to implement that strategy, which includes significant USDA research.

“Most farmers and consumers have no better friends and few harder workers than the honey bee, as more than one-third of all U.S. crop production requires insect pollination,” Perdue said. “But our honeybee population has been losing ground at an alarming rate. The problem represents a diverse mix of challenges requiring a wide range of solutions. And at USDA we are leading the way in research to help out our pollinator friends.”

Honeybees are the nation’s primary pollinators, adding at least $15 billion a year in value to about 90 crops by increasing yields and helping to ensure superior-quality harvests. Those crops include nuts, fruits, berries and vegetables, which add color, taste and texture to our diet.

The number of honeybee hives in the U.S, has declined from 6 million during the 1940s to only about 2.5 million today. Those losses have been attributed to a number of factors, ranging from a syndrome known as “colony collapse disorder” to stress caused by factors such as parasites and pests, transportation of bees, sub-lethal exposure to pesticides, and poor nutrition.

Mrs. Pence and Secretary Perdue pointed out that a lack of supportive habitat near hives also contributes to the declines. Even if people don’t set up their own hives, they can help by planting bee-friendly flowers and flowering herbs in their yards and gardens. Honeybees particularly love wildflowers, lilacs, poppies and Black-eyed Susans, as well as herbs and vegetables like mint, sage, squash, tomatoes, oregano, and rosemary. In addition, bees get thirsty, and that placing birdbaths and small basins of water could help relieve their thirst.

Mrs. Pence installed a beehive in the Indiana governor’s residence in 2014, when Vice President Mike Pence served as the state’s governor. She said more than 80 percent of the land in Indiana is dedicated to agriculture, and its crops are very dependent upon pollinators.

The hive unveiled today is located on the grounds of the Vice President’s Residence. It is a triple-deep “Langstroth” beehive that holds traditional frames and was obtained from Eco Honeybees of Falls Church, VA. The hive contains almost 20,000 bees and continues to grow.


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