Navigate / search

Cell phones and bees: hang up and forage!

In graduate school I took a class from Gerardo Chin-Leo, a passionate and intelligent faculty member at The Evergreen State College. The class was about harmful algae blooms, but the first assignment was to find articles in the popular press and compare them to the scientific papers they were supposedly based on. OMG. It was […] Read more

Queen piping, quacking, and tooting

Honey bee queens make specific sounds during certain periods of their development. These sounds have been described by humans in various ways—including bleating, mewing, croaking, and honking—but some consensus has been reached on what they mean. All these terms describe forms of queen piping. Piping is the sound made by a virgin queen while she […] Read more