Voice of the Hive
is a collection of informative and well-written stories about honeybees. Half of the tales
are told from a human beekeeper's perspective, and are filled with valuable knowledge for potential hobbyists. The other half
are compelling vignettes of a single bee's life -- widely diverse and compelling, told from each individual bee's perspective. The two elements come together to paint a fascinating picture of this noble insect's existence.
posted by illuminatus
on Jan 4, 2008 -
(embedded QT) is a gorgeous & interesting animated short about a worker bee in a factory who rebels; bonus points for awesome soundtrack by menomena.
posted by jonson
on Nov 8, 2007 -
The NYTimes covers the mysterious collapse of commercial honeybee colonies over the last 5-months, covering dozens of states
. The disease, Colony Collapse Disorder
, does not have a determined cause. The Canary Database
indicates that bees
can serve as "canaries in a coalmine" for human diseases
, as many other animals do. Some of the suspected causative agents (as reported [pdf
] by Penn State
) include a immunodeficiency, the hive consumption of high-fructose corn syrup, nutritional stress, parasites, infectious diseases, stress due to colony splitting and relocation, insecticides, and antibiotic use. The die-offs are likely to adversely impact both prices and crop yields
posted by rzklkng
on Feb 28, 2007 -
"There is no feeling more satisfying than tearing into a beehive with a sledgehammer."
This from Trainsaw
, by way of introduction to their new Choose Your Own Adventure-style...er...literary adventure
. If beehives, lasers, city destruction, robots, hot scientists, and the like aren't your style, try their many rants
. Those lampooned include Bob Dylan
, all the cool kids
, and a smattering of everything else
. Definitely indebted to Real Ultimate Power
, but...definitely different.
posted by limeonaire
on Dec 22, 2006 -
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posted by feelinglistless
on Oct 20, 2006 -
[WMP streaming video; Real Player stream here.
] At first, this music video from The Bees
[Flash site] seems like a quick, harmless Friday diversion. Not for me, though. For me, it’s rapidly becoming a truly painful earworm, and worse: is there such a thing as an “eyeworm?”
posted by Man O' Straw
on Mar 25, 2005 -
If a young worker attempts to reproduce, she is spreadeagled by her fellows and kept immobilized for hours or even days. At the end of her sentence, the best she can hope for is a reduction in rank and loss of reproductive capability. Often she is mutilated or killed.
about police-state behavior in insects, complete with information on mutant anarchist worker bees, ant-led coups, and parasitic self-cloning bees. (via BoingBoing.)
posted by Vidiot
on Aug 6, 2003 -
How would it be to be a bee? Einstein has been quoted as saying that if the bee were to suddenly disappear, mankind would survive only another four years. So, make a bow to your insect overlords, and visit this site by a neuroscientist researching bee vision to experience first-hand how a bee sees
. The B-EYE software allows you to set various parameters to see how a bee would view selected images, including Einstein
himself. Or test your bee communication skills at Nova's "Dances with Bees
" page, where you watch the dance of a hive mate and then try to locate the nectar source that he's mapping out. If you're still not impressed, consider that bees possess higher cognitive functions, including the ability for abstract thought
. Finally, find out why nice bees don't always finish last in a look at the guerrilla tactics
wielded against the dreaded "killer bee" by mild-mannered Cape honeybees.