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Bee aware: do you know what is in that cheap jar of honey?
Bee aware: do you know what is in that cheap jar of honey?

beekeepers are calling for a requirement on supermarkets and other retailers to label cheap honey imports from China and other nations with the country of origin after claims that part of the global supply is bulked out with sugar syrup. The UK is the world’s biggest importer of Chinese honey, which can be one sixth of the price of the…

Blenheim: Wild heirs of lost British honeybee found at Blenheim
Blenheim: Wild heirs of lost British honeybee found at Blenheim

Thousands of rare forest honeybees that appear to be the last wild descendants of Britain’s native honeybee population have been discovered in the ancient woodlands of Blenheim Palace. The newly discovered subspecies, or ecotype, of honeybee is smaller, furrier and darker than the honeybees found in managed beehives, and is believed to be related to the indigenous wild honeybees that…

South African honeybee has cloned itself millions of times
South African honeybee has cloned itself millions of times

A new subspecies of South African honey bee has been discovered to be comprised of millions of clones from a single individual dating back to 1990. Over the past three decades, a single individual bee has successfully created millions of clones of herself thanks to hitting a bizarre genetic jackpot. This growing army of clones poses a serious risk to…