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Two hives of Russian honeybees joined the campus community over the summer, thanks in part to a gift from the Class of 1992 to support environmental initiatives. The hives are maintained by Joe Essid, director of the writing center, and Kirstin Berben, biology laboratories manager.

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Specialization
Reproduction is the primary job of queens and drones. Workers lead more varied lives:

  • Guards protect the hive.
  • Attendants nurse the queen and larvae and tend other hive needs (including undertakers that take out the dead).
  • Foragers can roam up to two miles. The oldest workers get this job since it’s dangerous — and they’re expendable.

Honeybees use the hexagons inside the honeycomb in three ways:

  • To house brood, or developing bees going through their egg and larval stages
  • To store pollen
  • To store nectar, which slowly becomes honey as the bees fan it with their wings

Honeybees need your help
Colony collapse is stressing honeybee populations, a serious concern because a third of the food humans eat comes from pollinators. If you care for a lawn, here are some simple steps you can take to help:

  • Reduce or eliminate herbicides and pesticides, particularly neonicotinoids. Check the product label if you’re unsure.
  • Use organic seeds that aren't pretreated with fungicides or other chemicals. 
Buy from your local nursery.
  • Let your yard go more natural, including with dandelion and clover that provide food during the tough late summer months. “If I had one magical power, it would be to eliminate the ideal of the perfect American lawn," Essid said.
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