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Check out these links to see what the buzz is about as you explore the science of bees. Look for bees in your area and snap their photo (and learn why you should). Dance like a bee. Make an instrument to buzz like a bee. Read about what they already do for our environment and what other benefits they might provide in the future.
- The Honey Files: A Bee's Life
This teaching guide is packed with information and activities that will fill students in on bees’ biology, society, home, and more.
- Dances with Bees
Think about how you communicate with a friend. Text? Social media? What about a waggle dance? Learn about bee communication as you re-enact it yourself.
- Africanized Honey Bees on the Move
You’ll be as busy as a bee combing through these lesson plans, specialized for different grade levels, K–12.
- Help Bees by Snapping Their Bums
In the U.K.? Download this free app, find a bee, and get cracking. Help scientists collect data in this citizen science project.
- ZomBEE Watch
Become a zomBEE hunter. Are there honeybees parasitized by zombie flies in your area? Find out!
- Buzz Like a Bee
Grab some office supplies and put together this spinning instrument that will have you buzzing like a bee.
- Why Bees Are Disappearing
Imagine a world without bees. Would we still be able to eat our favorite foods? Learn more about what’s going on with bee deaths within the last decade.
- A Sharp Spike in Honeybee Deaths
Here’s the latest from 2014–15 about the trend in the die-off of honeybees. What’s going on?
- Middle School Students' "Bee Aware" Campaign
These North Carolina students want you to “bee aware” of what they learned about the decline in honeybee populations.
- Bee Behavior Mapped by Tiny Trackers
How can you tell where a bee travels? These tiny radio trackers are making a way.
- To Bee or Not to Bee
You knew the Shakespearean pun was coming, didn’t you? Learn about the science of swarming.
- How Beehives Could Help Battle Baldness
Bees use propolis to patch up their hives. Could humans use it to patch up a bald spot?
- How a Bee Sting Saved My Life: Poison as Medicine
Can the chemicals from a bee sting heal rather than harm? Hear one woman’s story and learn about venom research.
- Honeybees Trained to Locate Landmines
Bees aren’t just about honey and pollination. Check out their link to explosives.
- Evidence Against Neonicotinoids Mounts
It’s a bee debate! What does the evidence show? Is more study needed?
- Bee Orchids and Insect Mimicry
It’s a bee! No, it’s a flower! It’s... a bee orchid. Learn more about this flower’s tricks.
- Bees Prefer Nectar Containing Pesticides
Which do you think a bee would choose—a plain sugar solution or a plain sugar solution laced with pesticide? You might be surprised.
- Floral Scents Trick Pollinators
Come one, come all to smell the beautiful scents! But once you’re here, they may not be what you thought…
- The Chemistry of Honey
Forgot about that jar of honey way back in the cupboard? Don’t worry, you’ve still got about 3,000 years or so… Learn why honey tends not to spoil.
- Beautiful, Intimate Portraits of Bees
Talk about up close and personal. Check out these these detailed photographs of bees native to North America.
- A Bug's Life
They call it “bee-utiful music.” Find out how field recordings of rare bees inspired a musician.
- Inside the Wonderful World of Bee Cognition
It’s like a mid-term exam for bees. See what researchers uncovered about how bees learn.
(all sites accessed May 2015)