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Annual Apiary Visit & Supper

July Branch Meeting:
Annual visit to the Apiary plus Supper and Raffle.
Monday 30 July 2018.
6:30pm Apiary visit (weather permitting)
7:30pm Supper (a selection of sandwiches, rolls, savoury pastries, salads, crisps, fruit and cake; with a glass of wine, juice, tea & coffee). Plus a raffle with lots of prizes.
MBKA Apiary.
Price: £6 per person.

Prehistoric Bees

Scientists say there was a widespread extinction of bees 66 million years ago, at the same time as the event that killed off the dinosaurs.
The demise of the dinosaurs was almost certainly the result of an asteroid or comet hitting Earth.
But the extinction event was selective, affecting some groups more than others.
Writing in Plos One journal, the team used fossils and DNA analysis to show that one bee group suffered a serious decline at the time of this collision.

Bees Trained to Find Land Mines

Mirjana Filipovic is still haunted by the land mine blast that killed her boyfriend and blew off her left leg while on a fishing trip nearly a decade ago. It happened in a field that was supposedly de-mined.

Now, unlikely heroes may be coming to the rescue to prevent similar tragedies: sugar-craving honeybees. Croatian researchers are training them to find unexploded mines littering their country and the rest of the Balkans.

Honey’s Eternal Shelf Life

Modern archaeologists, excavating ancient Egyptian tombs, have often found something unexpected amongst the tombs’ artifacts: pots of honey, thousands of years old, and yet still preserved. Through millennia, the archaeologists discover, the food remains unspoiled, an unmistakable testament to the eternal shelf-life of honey.

Diesel Exhaust Masks Odours Honeybees Use to Forage and Pollinate

Exhaust from diesel engines has been shown to prevent honeybees from differentiating between the odours of flowers, according to new research from the University of Southampton.
Honeybees rely on floral odours to locate and identify the flowers from which they collect pollen but when the aroma of diesel exhaust fumes is present the odour profile of surrounding flora is masked.