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Steve McDaniel: The bees are dying

Bees are doing terribly, or more accurately, they are dying.

The mushroom dream of a ‘long-haired hippie’ could help save the world’s bees

The epiphany that mushrooms could help save the world’s ailing bee colonies struck Paul Stamets while he was in bed.

Sweet deal: Spokane beekeepers offer info, honey at Interstate Fair

There are more than 300 members of the Inland Empire Beekeepers Association, which has maintained a booth at the Spokane County Interstate Fair for over 25 years.

Ask Dr. Universe: Even bees need to catch their ZZZs

Sleep is important for lots of the animals on our planet. Just like you need a good rest, so do bees. But, bee sleep is different than human sleep.

Ask Dr. Universe: How do bees make honey?

When a bee sucks up nectar from a flower, the sugary liquid flows into its honey stomach. Unlike the stomach where its food goes, the bee uses this tiny compartment …

UPDATED: Thu., May 24, 2018, 7:26 p.m.

Bee death increase may be tied to climate change, survey says

Beekeepers in the U.S. reported an increase in honeybee deaths over the past year, possibly the result of erratic weather patterns brought on by a changing climate, according to the …

Save the bees: citizen scientists asked to track bumble bees in Pacific Northwest

You, fine citizen, can help save the bees.

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 1, 2018, 8:42 p.m.

Beekeeper keeps the hives thriving in Moses Lake

With winter now upon us and temperatures dipping into the low 20s, the honey bees at Grigg Apiaries, Inc. have been tucked away for the season. About 8,000 hives keep …

Some flowers create blue halo to say hello to foraging bees

Some flowers have found a nifty way to get the blues. They create a blue halo, apparently to attract the bees they need for pollination, scientists reported Wednesday.

Not so sweet: 75 percent of honey samples had key pesticide

When researchers collected honey samples from around the world, they found that three-quarters of them had a common type of pesticide suspected of playing a role in the decline of …

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 4, 2017, 3:55 p.m.

Bee bumble: Homeowner tries to burn nest, sets home ablaze

A man’s attempt to burn bees out of their nest backfired after the ill-advised extermination method caught fire to a Georgia home, destroying most of it.

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 2, 2017, 3:31 p.m.

Good news for bees as numbers rise and mystery malady wanes

The number of U.S. honeybees, a critical component to agricultural production, rose in 2017 from a year earlier, and deaths of the insects attributed to a mysterious malady that’s affected …

UPDATED: Mon., June 19, 2017, 11:08 a.m.

Bees among the tees: Golf course embarks on honeybee restoration effort

Downriver Golf Course was awarded a grant, an OK by the Spokane Park Board, to transform over an acre of the property into a foraging area for pollinators.

The apples and the bees

Every year thousands of hives dot Washington’s apple orchards. The bees inside pollinate the state’s apple trees. Apple farmers, for the most part, rent the their bees, said Dave Robison …

Bees struggle to survive Oregon’s brutal winter

Seven hives’ worth of honey bees at Oak Hill School in Eugene died this winter. When the group of 16 second-grade students who tend to the normally buzzing insects found …

Trump administration delays listing bumblebee as endangered

The Trump administration on Thursday delayed what would be the first endangered designation for a bee species in the continental U.S., one day before it was to take effect.

California thieves take 190K bees from Montana beekeeper

A Montana beekeeper says thieves got away with 488 bee hives he had taken to California to pollinate almond trees.

U.S. bees added to endangered species list for first time

For the first time in the United States, bees have been placed on the endangered species list. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday determined that seven species of …

Rich Landers: Yellow jackets are wild friends with attitude

Yellow jackets generally are known for their stings and the venom they can deliver in multiple stings. They come to our attention when trapped in a bicycle helmet vent as …

Bee study: Common pesticide appears to harm sperm

A new study finds that a commonly used class of insecticides called neonicotinoids kills much of the sperm created by male drone honeybees, one reason why the bees are dwindling.

Local novice beekeepers do their part to fight colony collapse

Hundreds of local residents are taking beekeeping classes at the Spokane County Washington State University Extension in hopes of pollinating their gardens, having access to fresh honey or combating honey …

Gardening: Pollinators need more than blooms to thrive

Besides flowers for nectar and pollen, pollinator and beneficial insects need water, shelter from predators and nesting sites.

Gardening: Choose blooms that attract bees

You should choose flowers that bloom progressively through the season to provide a steady source of nectar and pollen.

Plant garden to attract pollinators

Pollinators help increase the production in our vegetable gardens, berry patches and orchards. In addition, flower pollination helps plants produce seeds. If there are no seeds, there will not be …

Ortho to drop chemicals linked to bee declines

Garden-care giant Ortho says it will stop using a class of chemicals widely believed to harm bees.

Beekeepers now designated as farmers under Washington law

Washington’s newest official farm livestock has wings, not hooves, and travels in swarms, not herds or flocks. A change in state law this month officially designates beekeepers as farmers, something …

Huckleberries: Steve Adams’ principles trumps his electorate’s needs

Councilman Steve Adams of Coeur d’Alene continues to provide evidence that rigid ideology can be harmful to a community’s health. For almost four years, conservative hard-liner Adams has voted against …

Highway abuzz with bees after semitruck tips, dumps hives

LYNNWOOD, Wash. (AP) — A semitruck carrying honeybees scattered hundreds of hives when it overturned early Friday on a highway north of Seattle.

Gardening: Insecticide choices may have affect on bees

A little more than a year ago, upward of 50,000 bumblebees died while feeding on linden trees in Wilsonville, Oregon. The culprit? A spray company that applied a neonicotinoid-based spray …

Gardening: Insecticide choices may affect bees

A little more than a year ago, upward of 50,000 bumblebees died while feeding on linden trees in Wilsonville, Oregon. The culprit? A spray company that applied a neonicotinoid-based spray …