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Heavy metal accumulation in honey

A couple of beekeepers have asked me to write about the possibility that heavy metals—particularly lead—are getting into their honey from contaminated soil. In the past year I’ve read several research papers concerning metal accumulation in honey, but instead of writing a literature review, I’ve decided to write like a blogger—in other words quick and […] Read more

Wednesday wordphile: floral fidelity

Although honey bees are polylectic, which means they visit many different species of flowering plants, they also exhibit floral fidelity, which means that a bee visits only one kind of flower on any given foraging trip. If there are enough flowers of one type available, a honey bee will continue to visit that same kind […] Read more