PARIS (AP) — Architects and construction workers have stabilized the damaged structure of Notre Dame cathedral, four days after a fast-spreading fire ravaged the iconic Paris building, and...
The Latest: Crown of Thorns presented at Paris service
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the fire that ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (all times local):
The Crown of Thorns relic saved from the fire at Paris' Notre Dame...
PARIS (AP) — Hunkered down in their hives and drunk on smoke, Notre Dame's smallest official residents — some 180,000 bees — somehow managed to survive the inferno that consumed the cathedral's...
Wild bee species critical to pollination on the decline
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — More than a dozen wild bee species critical to pollinating everything from blueberries to apples in New England are on the decline, according to a new study.
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Katie Kilmer gently removed a frame from beehive No. 3, pulling it out to reveal a swarm of bees and a solid collection of both eggs and pollen in its cells.
Yuma man dies in bee attack
YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say a Yuma man has died and several first responders were injured in a bee attack.
The Yuma Sun reports the incident occurred Sunday evening when Yuma County...
Beehive bill stirs buzzing debate in Nevada
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Dozens of people swarmed a legislative hearing to show their opposition to a bill that would ban beehives in certain areas of southern Nevada.
BERLIN (AP) — The German state of Bavaria is set to accept in large part a plan by environmentalists to save bees and protect biodiversity, averting a referendum on the issue.
Want to help bees? Plant flowering herbs
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The University of Vermont has received a surprise gift of half a million dollars to go toward researching bees.
The $500,000 anonymous gift was announced on Tuesday....
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota ranks among the top states in the country for its work to protect declining bee and butterfly populations, according to a new study.
Some favorite garden vegetables attract pollinators, too
Planting clumps of bright, successively blooming flowers is a popular method for attracting foraging pollinators like bees and butterflies. But savvy vegetable and fruit growers know flowering edibles will entice them, too.
Ornamental shrubs, trees, crops and vines will bring pollinators to your yard while at the same time provide nourishment for the family table.
Council to draft new proposal for beekeeping in city limits
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sioux Falls officials are reconsidering the city's restrictions on beekeeping after recent media attention about the declining bee population created a buzz.
Bee pollination declining with increased use of pesticide
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Bobby Coy and his son, Richard Coy, owners of Crooked Creek Bee Co., in Jonesboro, began noticing a decline in bee pollination after nearby farmers began using the pesticide dicamba on nearby crops during the past three years.
It's gotten bad enough to force the Coys to move their operations to southern Mississippi to escape the effects of the dicamba spray, The Jonesboro Sun reported .
UMaine wants public to “bee” engaged about pollinators
SOUTH PARIS, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine's cooperative extension is looking to generate some buzz among the public about efforts to save bees.
The extension is hosting a program called "Native Bees: Habitats, Threats, and Citizen Science" in South Paris on Feb. 13. The program will inform residents about the state's native bees as well as the Maine Bumble Bee Atlas conservation project.
Study: Several Vermont bumblebee species are declining
COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — A new study finds that about half of Vermont's native species of bumblebees are in serious decline or have disappeared.
Vermont Public Radio reports that the Vermont Center for Ecostudies and the University of Vermont point to factors including pesticide use the climate change.
Soda cans, swarming bees litter Florida road after 2 crashes
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Two crashes left Florida roadways littered with thousands of soda cans and swarming bees.
The Florida Highway Patrol said in a news release that at least one person was killed in the Tuesday morning crashing involving three tractor-trailers in Charlotte County, south of Sarasota.
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North Dakota researchers examine alfalfa bee disparity in US
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Elisabeth Wilson drives to a small field every day to check her nests set out along a research field at North Dakota State University. They're home to the alfalfa leafcutter bee.
This species is nothing like a honey bee. It lives a more solitary lifestyle. They're smaller and they don't live in hives. Instead, they create nests in tiny, deep holes.
Bee program helps Michigan veterans find peace
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — One wears a uniform, carries a weapon, answers to a supreme commander and is obsessed with completing the mission.
The other served in the military.
A bee and a veteran share a lot in common, which is at the heart of Heroes to Hives, a Michigan State University Extension program started by U.S. Army veteran and agricultural entomologist Adam Ingrao three years ago.
Hurricane Michael could sour Florida’s tupelo honey harvest
MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Michael toppled beehives and stripped flowering plants across Florida's Panhandle, threatening tupelo honey production in a tiny community that is the primary source of the sweet delicacy.
Tanker trucks of corn syrup and tens of thousands of pounds of synthetic pollen are being rushed to beekeepers from the Gulf of Mexico to the Georgia state line to feed surviving bee colonies that also pollinate crops such as watermelons, cantaloupes and blueberries.
The search is on for every bee species in Oregon
DUNDEE, Ore. (AP) — No one knows just what bee species live in Oregon, which means we can't even begin to track if they're declining. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports a statewide project wants to change that.
Hotel harvests rooftop honey, herbs to improve your buzz
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — At the Hotel Indigo in downtown Baton Rouge, a subtle garden grows in homemade planters on an otherwise industrial roof. It boasts plenty of herbs, banana peppers, tomatoes and strawberries.
But the biggest buzz about the whole production lives and works inside a small wooden box next to those planters: a hive of bees.
Farmer reports thousands of bees died after hives vandalized
ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa farmer says thousands of his honeybees died after someone vandalized their hives.
Jake Knutson said Wednesday that someone removed straps holding down three of his hives near the Ankeny airport last week and then damaged them with logs, bricks and cinder blocks, knocking off the tops. That left the bees to die in the rain that's been covering central Iowa over the past several days.
Hotel beekeeper steps in for swarm when animal control can’t
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — If bees that help serve breakfast and bartend at a Louisiana hotel weren't housed on top of the building, a swarm of their wild peers could've wreaked havoc in the downtown of the state's capital.
Oklahoma City workers stung after thousands of bees swarm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A swarm of thousands of bees sent a pair of Oklahoma City workers running for cover, and both were stung in the process.
The Oklahoman reports the city workers were cleaning up brush and trees Wednesday when the insects were disturbed.
High above DC, unseen urban beekeepers boost agriculture
WASHINGTON (AP) — ?The District provides plenty of good street-level sights. There are attention-grabbing monuments, fountains, and displays in store windows.
Both locals and tourists alike, however, may not know there is a thriving rooftop community in the District, and no, we're not just talking swimming pools and patios. Take, for example, a two-block stretch of 24th Street Northwest, between M and N streets.
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Bees swarm Times Square hot dog stand
Buzz off! Bees swarm Times Square hot dog stand
NEW YORK (AP) — A swarm of bees had caused a brief commotion in Times Square in New York City after they made their home atop a hot dog stand.
It happened at 43rd Street and Broadway at about 2 p.m. Tuesday.
The New York Police Department's bee keepers unit responded to the scene and safely removed the bees.
Franklin’s bumblebee still absent at Mount Ashland meadows
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — The bee has a black back but is without a yellow face. Could it be a Franklin's bumblebee, which hasn't been seen in these parts since 2006?
Vladu quickly nets the bee and channels her two days of bee-wrangling experience to get the little bugger into a plastic canister.
"Nope, I can tell it's not a Franklin's," Vladu says. "It's just a cuckoo."
Several hikers attacked, stung by bee swarm in Connecticut
ANSONIA, Conn. (AP) — A medical rescue crew used all-terrain vehicles to reach several hikers who were attacked and stung by a swarm of bees in the Connecticut woods.
Ansonia Rescue and Medical Services says one person stung while hiking in the Ansonia Nature Center on Thursday night experienced anaphylactic shock. That person was located "several miles into the woods, suffering a severe reaction with airway compromised."
Eugene, Oregon, recognized as a bee-friendly city
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Eugene is a fine place to be if you're a bee.
The Register-Guard reports that an environmental group dedicated to protecting bees, butterflies and pollinators has given the Oregon city a Bee City USA designation.
Eugene is the 71st city to get the honor from the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
Philadelphia-area millennials are buzzing about beekeeping
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Every few days, Sam Torres heads to Glen Foerd in Northeast Philadelphia to check his beehives. He gets there about 8 a.m. because bees get up with the sun, and goes through the hives carefully to make sure his "girls" — beehives are a bona fide matriarchy at 85 to 90 percent female — are doing just fine. Smoker in hand, Torres looks at how many cells the bees have capped with wax, meaning that they've filled them with honey, and observes the larvae that will eventually grow into worker bees that clean and forage for the hive.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Environmentalists and beekeepers in Poland have staged a protest against the government's authorization of a class of pesticides that the European Union says poses a serious risk to bees.
Poland's Agriculture Ministry said Wednesday the temporary permission it gave for the use of neonicotinoids on oilseed rape fields was a response to hot weather that allows "harmful organisms" to develop and destroy the crops.
POWELL, Wyo. (AP) — A northern Wyoming business says it suffered more than $25,000 in damage and lost production after a black bear tore through its bee hives near the Yellowtail Wildlife Habitat Management Area.
To make matters worse, a hail storm passed through the area last week, causing more damage to the business.
What a buzz kill! Thieves heist giant bee from billboard
ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia theme park is feeling the sting over a missing statue.
The Valdosta Daily Times reports that a large bee statue is missing from Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta. The statue was used on a billboard advertising the "Megabugs! Adventure Encounters attraction at the park.
SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) — Honeybees are a lot like South Dakotans. They're hard-working and industrious, they have an agricultural based economy, they all strive to work for the greater good, and they're pretty easygoing until their home or loved ones are threatened. So it makes sense that South Dakota is the second largest honey producer in the country, based on a 2016 USDA study.
Rockwell teen expands business to beekeeping
ROCKWELL, Iowa (AP) — At 15 years old, Collin Witte doesn't have a lot of free time.
In addition to running a lawn care business and working at Linn Grove Country Club, he raises and shows a variety of livestock and poultry on the family farm in Rockwell.
"I keep busy that's for sure," he said.
And this spring, Witte added beekeeping to his schedule.
"I was just looking for another little project and something that was different from regular livestock," he said.
Worker cutting down tree stung by hundreds of bees
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A worker in a utility bucket cutting down a tree and disturbed a beehive is being treated for numerous bee stings, along with five neighbors who tried to help him.
LAKE FOREST, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a Southern California woman stung hundreds of times by bees (all times local):
A Southern California woman who was stung hundreds of times by bees is expected to survive.
Orange County fire Capt. Tony Bommarito says a cleaning woman was attacked outside a Lake Forest home Monday morning after parking her car near a hive that was hidden by bushes.
LAKE FOREST, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a woman is in critical condition after being stung hundreds of times by a large swarm of bees outside a Southern California home.
Orange County fire officials say four firefighters also were stung trying to help the woman Monday morning at a home in Lake Forest.
Fire Capt. Tony Bommarito says a cleaning woman at the home was attacked when she went out to her car to get something from the trunk. The hive was hidden by bushes.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Bring on the bees.
Virginia has a new program that distributes beehives in an effort to increase the number of actively managed bee colonies around the state.
The program provides beehive equipment directly to new and established beekeepers.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Ivy Academy student Noah Lewis walks outside to inspect the school's bee population each week. Curious students eagerly watch from a distance as the senior beekeeper inspects the hive, looking for signs the queen bee is healthy and repopulating.
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Despite facing myriad challenges, local beekeepers and conservation officials are striving to preserve populations of honeybees and other critical pollinators.
Clayton County, Iowa, resident Bill Johnson is one of the foremost local experts on bees. He operates Johnson Honey Farm outside Guttenberg and teaches beginners' beekeeping classes at Northeast Iowa Community College.
He preaches that those entering the field must pay close attention to detail.
Virginia sees drop in honeybee colonies
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's honeybees had a rough winter.
The Daily Progress reports that the state lost 60 percent of its colonies last winter. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says that's double the average rate for the last decade.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bees are having a much harder time finding food in the region known as America's last honeybee refuge, a new federal study found.
The country's hot spot for commercial beekeeping is the Northern Great Plains of the Dakotas and neighboring areas, where more 1 million colonies spend their summer feasting on pollen and nectar from nearby wildflowers and other plants.
FDA ‘added sugars’ label proposal opposed
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin beekeepers and maple syrup producers are fighting a U.S. Food and Drug Administration nutrition labeling proposal designed to educate consumers about added sugars.
Lawrence retirees turn backyard into bee sanctuary
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — It's just past 9:30 a.m. at Mary Donnally's house in suburban west Lawrence, where the doting grandmother of 12 prepared a pancake breakfast for her family.
Three-year-old Finnegan and 4-year-old Madigan are visiting from Boulder, Colorado, and their grandma promised them a special treat after breakfast.