World Bee Day
Hi 2BEEs, did you know that today, May 20, is World Bee Day?
In 2017, the United Nations General Assembly recognized May 20 as World Bee Day.
The date was chosen because it was the birthday of beekeeping pioneer Anton Jansa. Anton was a modern beekeeper for his time, born in the early 1700s, and is credited with changing the shape and size of the hive to allow for stacking. Stacked hives are how most beekeepers continue to maintain multiple hives today. Recognizing early on the vital role that bees play in our ecosystem, and possibly ignoring their relevance and importance, ongoing efforts over the centuries have raised awareness of the critical roles of the bee population in our environment and general health.
The relationship between the bees needed and the amount they produce makes it clear that we need a lot of bees. Therefore, World Bee Day is celebrated to give thanks to the bee population and how it will take a global effort to stop the decline and make them a thriving species again.
From 2BEE we encourage you to dress in black and yellow today and to talk with other people about the importance of bees for our environmental health.
Together we can help build a better world and become aware of the importance of our dear polarizing friends!! 🐝👏🐝🌎
No Mow May
Hello 2BEEs, today we want to share with all of you a great initiative to help our pollinating friends.
This is “No Mow May”, a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of spring flowers for bees. The idea is to let the grass grow so that dandelions, purple nettle and other spring flowers that are essential for feeding bees at this time of year can grow.
According to Elaine Evans, an extension educator at the University of Minnesota:
“In May, many bees are coming out of hibernation and need flowers to feed themselves and their babies. The main goal of No Mow May is to encourage people to let spring flowers bloom in their gardens before mowing the lawn.”
This campaign tries to explain to people that what they call weeds is actually a great food for pollinating insects. Letting the grass grow and having a “slightly wilder” garden can help there be more sustainable pollination. This campaign, which began in England, has crossed borders and has now spread to the United States.
In this article by Molly Guthrey you can get more information and you can also download the official sign of No Mow May to place it in your garden, so everyone will know that you have joined the campaign and you will help convey the message.
From 2BEE we want to spread this campaign so that all people who have a garden can join this sustainable initiative.
Save the bees and change the world. 🐝🐝🌍
Interview author of the novel “Grey Bees”
A few days ago we discussed in one of our posts the novel Grey Bees by the Ukrainian writer Andrey Kurkov.
Once again we recommend reading this fantastic novel that takes place in the Ukrainian regions of Donbass and Donetsk. The novel tells the story of a beekeeper in times of war.
Unfortunately, in these days of invasion, one of the strongest attacks by the Russian army on the “Grey Zone” of Ukraine will take place. Soon this area will end up being called “Black Zone”…
Today we are also going to recommend you to read the interview that Kalandi Pickhart has recently done with Andrey Kurkov where the author reflects on the novel Grey Bees and on the war that is destroying his country.
From 2BEE we want to show our admiration and appreciation for this wonderful writer, not only for his quality as a writer but also for his incredible human quality.
You can read the full interview at the following link:
Honey for neuromorphic computing chips
Today we want to talk about a super interesting topic. Let’s talk about the relationship between honey, the brain and neuromorphic systems in computing. Several researchers at the University of Washington have shown that honey can be used to make a transistor-like component that can not only process but also store data.
The rich honey produced by our dear friends also serves for the evolution of neuromorphic computing. Each neuron can process and store data, making the brain much more efficient than a traditional computer, and developers of neuromorphic computer systems aim to mimic that structure.
Researchers see in honey a tremendous potential for its biodegradable composition, for its low humidity in which bacteria cannot survive.
“This is a very small device with a simple structure, but it has functionalities very similar to those of a human neuron,” said Feng Zhao, an associate professor in WSU’s School of Engineering and Computer Science and corresponding author of the study.
“This means that if we can integrate millions or billions of these honey memristors together, then they can become a neuromorphic system that works much like a human brain.”
If you want more information you can read this article where Sara Zaske explains this interesting finding.
Death for American bees
Hello friends, today we want to share a sad news for our American pollinator friends. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will allow the use of four of the most devastating chemicals for bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects… 🐝☠️🦋🇺🇸😥
It is incredible that these products banned in the European Union will be able to be used in the US for at least the next 15 years.
These pesticides attack receptors in insects’ nerve synapses, causing uncontrollable tremors, paralysis and death ☠️ ☠️ Not only that, these chemicals are water-soluble and quickly leach from plants into soils and streams, causing such harmful impacts on wildlife that Canada has restricted their use and the EU has banned the outdoor deployment of clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam.
The U.S. federal government is willing to give in to pressure from agricultural groups and pesticide manufacturers for nationwide use.
It is very bad news and from the 2Bee community we want to denounce this incomprehensible decision.
One of our goals is to form a community large enough to become a lobby that spreads these kinds of harmful practices and tries to stop them.
Companies like Bayer and Syngenta sell corn and soybean seeds coated with neonicotinoids to farmers. A small part remains in the plant, but also seeps into pollen, water and soil where it comes into direct contact with insects.
It’s an unnecessary drama considering the meager benefits to agricultural production from using neonicotinoid seeds and how lethal it is to bees.
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GREY BEES BOOK
Hello 2Bees! Today we are going to recommend reading the book Grey Bees by author Andrey Kurkov. Andrey is one of Ukraine’s foremost novelists. In this wonderful book the writer dramatizes the conflict that has plagued his country for years through the adventures of a well-mannered beekeeper.
Sergey Sergeich, protagonist, just wants his bees to be ok. Nearing 50, this safety inspector and now beekeeper hopes to keep them safe. The problem? His hives and his beloved bees live in the Gray Zone, which straddles the line in eastern Ukraine that is contested by Russian-backed militias. So he does what he feels he must: before spring comes and his bees wake up, he loads them into his truck and sets off on a road trip to find an old friend in the hope that his bees will find a place to thrive. . It’s a charming, quiet story that proceeds against a desolate backdrop of violence, checkpoints, and combat.
Little Starhorodivka, a village of three streets, lies in Ukraine’s Grey Zone, the no-man’s-land between loyalist and separatist forces. Thanks to the lukewarm war of sporadic violence and constant propaganda that has been dragging on for years, only two residents remain: retired safety inspector turned beekeeper Sergey Sergeyich and Pashka, a rival from his schooldays. With little food and no electricity, under constant threat of bombardment, Sergeyich’s one remaining pleasure is his bees. As spring approaches, he knows he must take them far from the Grey Zone so they can collect their pollen in peace. This simple mission on their behalf introduces him to combatants and civilians on both sides of the battle lines: loyalists, separatists, Russian occupiers and Crimean Tatars. Wherever he goes, Sergeyich’s childlike simplicity and strong moral compass disarm everyone he meets.
With a warm yet political humor, Ukraine’s most famous novelist presents a balanced and illuminating portrait of modern conflict.
From 2BEE we send a message of support to the people of Ukraine in these difficult times 😔🙏
COMMUNICATION BETWEEN BEES
Today we want to share an excellent article by the author Ann Chilcott in which she analyzes the communication between bees.
If you do not know the behavior of these incredible creatures, we invite you to read the publication carefully.
It’s amazing how they communicate through dances and different signs.
In the article, the author describes the different types of dances and the different types of signals that bees use to communicate with each other.
You will be surprised to learn about the many resources of our dear friends 🐝🐝😍
RHODE ISLAND WOULD RESTRICT PESTICIDE USE
The 2BEE community is very pleased about this great news for Rhode Island’s local pollinators 👏🐝🐝 The General Assembly has launched a bill in which it will restrict the use of pesticides, specifically the use of neonicotinoids, a lethal product for our friends that causes paralysis in all kinds of birds and insects ☠️🐝☠️
This is good news for all beekeepers who have been fighting for years to reduce the use of these pesticides. Different studies over the years have shown the enormous damage these pesticides cause to all pollinators. Let’s save the bees and change the world! 🐝🌎🐝
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