Tag: Bees

How a Rooftop Meadow of Bees and Butterflies Shows N.Y.C.’s Future

Tall grasses glow in the afternoon sunlight. The last bees and butterflies of the season hover over goldenrod and asters. Silver orbs that look like alien spacecrafts shimmer nearby. The wild-looking meadow is not in a rural outpost, but sandwiched between a sewage plant — the orbs are the tanks — and a parking lot […]

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Dad Blames ‘Hipster’ Honeybee Keepers for Kid Getting Stung by Wasps in NYC Park

Earlier this year, professional beekeepers Andrii Hrabynskyi and Natalia Okolita received official approval from the New York City Department of Health and the New York State Department of Agriculture to place two boxes of Italian honeybees in a small green space called Bruce’s Garden. For the past few months, the biggest news out of the […]

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Beekeepers Confront the E.P.A. Over Pesticides

Honeybees and other pollinating insects are crucial helpers in putting food on American tables. But the bees’ colonies have declined over the years, leading concerned beekeepers and scientists to speculate about the causes. A new lawsuit by leaders in the beekeeping industry against the Environmental Protection Agency highlights one often-cited worry: that pesticides are playing […]

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Catch a Buzz With Two New Books About Bugs

BUZZ, STING, BITE Why We Need Insects By Anne Sverdrup-ThygesonTranslated by Lucy Moffatt THE MOSQUITO A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator By Timothy C. Winegard If you happen to hit the beach at any point this summer, here’s a little thought experiment. Scoop up some sand and try to count the grains. Then look […]

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He Liked to Work Outdoors on the Weekends. Was It Killing Him?

The 75-year-old man carefully lowered the caged queen bee into the center of the newly assembled hive. Then, around her, he tipped a box buzzing with hundreds of worker bees, still groggy from the smoke. His wife lowered the lid, careful not to injure any wanderers. Their first hive was finished. The woman could tell […]

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Swarm of 25,000 Bees Removed From Staten Island Ferry Terminal by Police

The St. George Ferry Terminal on Staten Island was swarming with perpetrators. They surrendered without incident. All, that is, except for one. “I actually got stung,” Officer Darren Mays said in an interview on Monday. “It happens. There’s a lot of people amazed. There’s a lot of people who are like, ‘I could never do […]

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Seeking a Culprit When Bumblebee Carcasses Pile Up

In June 2013, in a Target parking lot in Wilsonville, Ore., an estimated 50,000 bumblebees dropped dead. Shoppers reported bees falling from branches and crawling on the ground. Piles of carcasses scattered beneath dozens of linden trees marked the largest mass bee kill ever recorded. The Oregon Department of Agriculture later determined that a pesticide […]

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‘Honeyland’ Review: The Sting and the Sweetness

The opening minutes of “Honeyland” are as astonishing — as sublime and strange and full of human and natural beauty — as anything I’ve ever seen in a movie. A woman makes her way on foot across wild meadowlands and up a mountainside, carefully stepping along a narrow ledge to a rocky outcropping, where bees […]

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These Animal Migrations Are Huge — and Invisible

Ladybugs briefly took over the news cycle. Meteorologists at the National Weather Service were looking over radar images in California on the night of June 4 when they spotted what looked like a wide swath of rain. But there were no clouds. The meteorologists contacted an amateur weather-spotter directly under the mysterious disturbance. He wasn’t […]

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Finding an Oasis at Tennis’s Most Crowded Major

PARIS — Of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, the French Open has the smallest footprint, perhaps in stature, and definitely in square footage. Crammed into a triangular swath of land next to the Bois De Boulogne, the highly trafficked pathways of Roland Garros are often choked with spectators ambling toward the next match or […]

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