GLENOMA, Wash. — Dave Elliott, 63, says he's addicted to bees, and the addiction fuels his commercial enterprise. He and his fiancee, Kathy Blake, sell honey and make honey- and wax-infused goods.
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Oregon State University researchers have been awarded a $500,000 USDA grant to study more than 100 plants to find which provide honey bees with the highest nutritional value.
Studies show that in 98% of hives nationwide, wax and pollen are contaminated with an average of six pesticides, which can kill bees or reduce a bee's immunity to varroa mites and pathogens.
Bees are expected to struggle most in California followed by Oregon, where meteorologists predict a hot, dry summer.
Bees pollinate berries in northwest Washington before Asian giant hornet colonies mature in the summer, a sequence that may shield commercial beekeepers and farmers from being stung by the invasive wasp.
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Andony Melathopoulos says his work is pretty sweet.
Oregon is the first state in the U.S. to create a Master Melittologists program that trains volunteers to become bee experts and use that knowledge to preserve and catalogue bees native to the state.
The Sacramento County Superior Court ruled last month that the state lacks the authority to list four types of bumble bees as endangered species.
The department has destroyed one nest, containing about 500 hornets in various life stages. It suspects there are at least several more nests in northwest Washington.