How bees naturally vaccinate their babies   

When it comes to vaccinating their babies, bees don’t have a choice – they naturally immunize their offspring against specific diseases found in their environments. And now for the first time, scientists have discovered how they do it.

Researchers from Arizona State University, University of Helsinki, University of Jyväskylä and Norwegian University of Life Sciences made the discovery after studying a bee blood protein called vitellogenin. The scientists found that this protein plays a critical, but previously unknown role in providing bee babies protection against disease.

The findings appear today in the journal PLOS Pathogens.

“The process by which bees transfer immunity to their babies was a big mystery until now. What we found is that it’s as simple as eating,” said Gro Amdam, a professor with ASU’s School of Life Sciences and co-author of the paper. “Our amazing discovery was made possible because of 15 years of basic research on vitellogenin. This exemplifies how long-term investments in basic research pay off.”  

Caption: With the discovery of how bees naturally vaccinate their babies, researchers can now develop the first vaccine for insects. This vaccine could be used to fight serious diseases that decimate beehives. This is an important development for food production. Credit: Christofer Bang

I’m taking custody of all bees. Right now. They’re my babies, and you can’t have any. Unless you want one. In which case, I’m going to need a background check.


I like two things about this part.

1. Caine’s “jump and hug” attack.

2. The bees don’t start to swarm Jupiter until after Caine throws Stinger into a hive & smashes it. Then they come out, all pissed off.

“Queen Jupiterrrr!  The boys are fighting again!  Make them stop with your powers of royal decree!” - royalty-sensing bees

I really wish I had a range of cute ass bee themed reaction images. Like a cute as hell cartoony blue bee with captions like “shut the fuck up” and “I don’t give a fuck.” Unfortunately I am lazy and can’t be bothered to draw them :L

my grandma has a big bee garden and there were TONS of BUZZ BUZZ everywhere!!! I was so happy I had to take these pics 🐝🐝🐝

ohmygosh oh wow wow these are Extra Fluffy!! it’s so cool she has a bee garden- keep up the good work grandma! ♥


Published on Mar 30, 2012

This video is meant to serve as a guide for those interested in catching wild bumble bee queens and rearing their own colonies. Dr. Kim Skyrm outlines all of the steps for this process, including: how to catch a wild queen, how to house the queen, and what to feed the queen.

monte-orci asked:

What's your fav kind of bee?

My absolute favorite would have to bee the Moss Carder Bee (Bombus muscorum) mainly because it’s most commonly found where I live, it’s smaller than most bumblebees and it has a very distinct and beautiful colouring.

The Blue Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa caerulea) is a close second favorite, I’m sure it’s pretty obvious why.

Hand-rolled candles, made from 100% natural beeswax. Beeswax candles are great because they don’t release anything but a subtle honey aroma. No toxic petrochemical by-products.

The wax from these particular candles is extracted from honeycombs which are no longer inhabited by bees. There is research that strongly suggests that candles made from beeswax can reduce the effects of asthma, hay fever and several other allergies.

The theory is that beeswax releases negative ions when it burns. Pollen, dust, dirt, pollutants, and any other junk in the air all carry a positive charge, and that is how they can be suspended in the air. The negative ions released from burning beeswax negate the positive charge of air contaminants, and the neutralized ions are sucked back into the burning candle or fall to the ground.

Just incase you needed another reason to think bees are amazing.

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