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1 August 2022
What's a bee feeder and do I need one?

If you're a beekeeper in the UK you're probably considering how to manage your colonies over winter. A healthy honeybee colony should be able to produce all of the honey stores it needs for the colder months without any human intervention. However, weather conditions and external factors like parasites can lead to your bees not […]

27 July 2022
Beeswax and eczema

If you have eczema, it can be difficult to find a moisturizer that works for you and doesn't aggravate your condition. Enter beeswax, the perfect solution to help treat and prevent dry skin for people with eczema. Let's take a closer look at the intrinsic link between beeswax and eczema and how you can use […]

27 July 2022
The Mining Bee

The term mining bee refers to a group of bee species belonging to the genus Andrena. In the UK, there are 67 species of mining bee, including the tawny mining bee, ashy mining bee and Clarke's mining bee. What Do Mining Bees Look Like? Identifying mining bees away from their nests can be tricky. With […]

20 July 2022
The best wildflower seed bombs

A seed bomb is a clay ball that has seeds and compost in it. You can throw them on your lawn or in a garden to start growing plants. Wildflower seed bombs are made from a variety of things, but typically include clay, compost and wildflower seeds. It's an easy way to get started with […]

20 July 2022
The benefits of honeycomb

If you've ever found yourself in a situation where you're eating honeycomb and wondering, is this actually doing me any good? I'm here to tell you that it's both delicious and good for you. Not only are the tiny hexagonal cells full of delicious golden goodness, but they also have serious health benefits. Due to […]

19 July 2022
10 Bee products we love!

We're mad about bees here at Revive a Bee! With awareness around bees increasing every year we're seeing more and more people start to incorporate bees in their clothes, home decor and even wallpaper! With all this buzz about bees, we wanted to share some of our favourite bee products and what we love about […]

19 July 2022
How do bees help humans?

Bees are a crucial part of our ecosystem. They pollinate our crops and wild plants, which helps keep the environment healthy and provides a wide range of habitats for other insects and nails. Bees also produce honey used by humans as a food source and for a range of medicinal purposes. Let's take a deep […]

18 July 2022
The Early Bumblebee

The early bumblebee sometimes referred to as the early-nesting bumblebee, Latin name Bombus pratorum is a widely spread species visible in many areas across the UK. This relatively small species of bumblebee gains its name for being one of the first bumblebees to appear in early spring, feasting on early blooming flower varieties. What do […]

15 July 2022
The best bug hotels on Amazon

We love all insects here at Revive a Bee so we wanted to make a list of some of the best bug hotels to bring your garden to life and help a wide variety of bugs and insects find their new homes. A bug hotel is a predominantly wooden structure that acts as a residence […]

14 July 2022
How to start beekeeping?

Beekeeping has had somewhat of a renaissance in recent years. Raising awareness around bees has led people to investigate and take up this fascinating hobby in droves. As with all hobbies getting started can be a bit daunting and it often feels like there isn't enough room in your brain to digest all the lessons, […]

12 July 2022
Where do bees go in the winter?

Bees are one of the most important pollinators in the world, but they're also often misunderstood. Bees live in colonies, and each colony has a different life cycle. Honeybees, bumblebees and solitary bees all have their own ingenious methods and techniques for surviving a chilly winter. So how do bees survive a long winter without […]

8 July 2022
9 Bee facts for kids & PDF download

We all see bees when we're out in the garden or going for a walk. While these furry little flying creatures buzz around so fast it's hard to see what they're actually doing, but thanks to science we now have a much better understanding of bees and how they behave. Bees are flying insects and […]

30 June 2022
Real honey vs fake honey

You're in the supermarket and you happen to be wandering down the spreads and jams aisle, the honey section greets you like a candy store, with images of bees flitting between hives, flowers blowing in the wind and happy beekeepers leaning on rustic hives. But all is not well, marketing has well and truly infiltrated […]

30 June 2022
Can you freeze honey?

One of the best things about summer is that you can stock up on local honey. And one of the best ways to store your local honey is by freezing it. But does freezing your honey actually work, can you freeze honey? We'll walk you through everything you need to know about freezing your favourite […]

29 June 2022
Why do bees wiggle their bums?

Have you ever observed honeybees wiggling their bums in a form of a strange dance-like motion and wondered what they're doing and why? Well look no further, we've gone ahead and found out exactly why bees wiggle their bums and the myriad of reasons they might do it. Let's take a closer look at our […]

29 June 2022
What is a honey house and do you need one?

While beekeepers' primary focus is the care and well-being of their colonies and hives there is the matter of actually making honey. There's a common misconception that beekeepers have a building or room dedicated to harvesting honey. This is actually false, as most amateur beekeepers harvest and process their honey in their own home kitchens […]

22 June 2022
The Tree Bumblebee

The Tree bumblebee, Latin name Bombus hypnorum of the genus Bombus is a species of bumblebee present across parts of Europe and Asia. Despite its fast spread across mainland Europe and the UK this species is still not currently found in the Mediterranean or large swathes of Eastern Europe. What do Tree bumblebees look like? […]

16 June 2022
The White-Tailed Bumblebee

The White-tailed bumblebee, Latin name Bombus lucorum is a species of bumblebee common across the United Kingdom and Europe. The term White-tailed bumblebee is a cover-all for three species of bumblebee with nearly indistinguishable characteristics. These three taxa are: B. lucorum - White-tailed bumblebee Bombus magnus - Northern white-tailed bumblebee Bombus cryptarum - Cryptic bumblebee […]

10 June 2022
Where do wasps go in the winter?

As we head towards colder months and the temperatures begin to drop the amount of insect activity in your garden or wild area starts to dwindle. Bees set about preparing themselves for winter by huddling in nests or seeking cosy, protected spots to hibernate. But what about their slightly less popular counterpart the wasp, where […]

8 June 2022
When do wasps die off and what happens to the nest?

It's early June here in the UK and wasps are already visiting picnics and pub lunches. While individual wasps are really no more than just a nuisance an entire nest is a different story, particularly if it's located on your property. Wasps' nests can house up to 10,000 wasps in extreme cases, while these concentrations […]

8 June 2022
Do bees overheat?

Yes, if bees are unable to leave the hive to collect water they are at risk of overheating. Signs of overheating include bearding (huddling in large numbers outside the hive), increase activity to collect and deposit water in the hive or in extreme cases melting honey and wax. Keeping bees in warmer climates comes with […]

7 June 2022
8 of the best bee friendly flowers for your UK garden

Bees spend their days busily buzzing from flower to flower collecting resources to take back to the nest or hive. They use a range of techniques to quickly identify potential sources of pollen and nectar, land and extract the precious prize. When it comes to flowers and bees, not all flowers are equal, some will […]

7 June 2022
Do bees eat wood?

No, while it might look like bees are eating wood, they are actually carpenter bees using their large mandibles to tunnel inside, create a nest, and do not actually ingest any of the wood extracted during this process. These holes are typically ½-inch in diameter and perfectly rounded. This ingenious technique allows the bee to […]

30 May 2022
What do bees do at night?

Have you ever stopped to think, what do bees do at night? Everyone knows that the main job of most bees is to collect pollen during the warm daylight hours but where do bees go at night and what do they do? Only thanks to a study conducted back in the 80s do we know […]

27 May 2022
Do bees eat caterpillars?

No, bees do not eat caterpillars. Wasps and hornets regularly predate on caterpillars and can often be mistaken for bees. Bees species excluding the Vulture bee feed on a predominantly pollen and nectar diet. This can lead to close encounters with many other insects present in the stems, leaves and flowers of plants. As a […]

26 May 2022
How do stingless bees defend themselves?

Despite their name, stingless bees or meliponines are equipped with powerful mandibles to bite intruders alongside injecting a painful formic acid. Stingless bees will also use a sticky resin to actively stick intruders to the floor with some species forming a soldier caste solely to dispatch intruders. Unlike honeybees, stingless bees have vestigial (atrophied) stingers […]

25 May 2022
About Revive a Bee

Hey, we're Ed and Paul, creators of Revive a Bee - we want to help you, help bees! Revive a Bee was created by two lifelong friends with a passion for the environment and the dream of a better future. We're on a mission to promote the plight of all bees (not just honeybees) globally. […]

24 May 2022
Are bees attracted to blood?

Yes, while bees aren't attracted to blood in particular they are often observed drinking foul liquids including blood due to the minerals contained within. Many beekeepers operate on working farms and there have been many reports of bees investigating and drinking spilt blood from farm animals. This extends to other bodily fluids as well, believe […]

24 May 2022
Can bees fly in the rain?

Yes, bees will happily take flight on damp days but flying in the rain for long periods or during severe rains can be dangerous for bees. Bumblebees are more likely to forage during rainy days than other species like the honeybee that will opt to stay inside the hive during precipitation. So how do bees […]

20 May 2022
Do bees eat dandelions?

Yes, a range of bee species eat dandelions including honeybees, bumblebees and solitary bees. Dandelions have been somewhat demonised as the bane of lawns all across the world. This tiny little weed actually provides a fantastic food source for the wildlife in your garden. Dandelions, Latin name (Taraxacum officinale) are championed as one of the […]

18 May 2022
Do bees eat bananas?

Yes, bananas contain natural sugars that bees are attracted to, however, bananas contain a compound that also occurs naturally in alarm pheromones released by bees. Feeding a banana to a managed hive or consuming a banana close to a hive can insight an aggressive reaction due to the similarity in these compounds. When it comes […]

17 May 2022
Beekeeping suits vs beekeeping jackets, what's best for you?

Beekeeping suits provide full-body protection from stings, beekeeping jackets cover your torso and arms with a normally detachable hoof that fastens onto the collar of the jacket. Both will stop the majority of stings but are not 100% sting-proof. Beginning your journey as a beekeeper can be a daunting task. Selecting the right hives, the […]

16 May 2022
The best beekeeping suits available in the UK

Staying sting-free while managing your hives is key to making beekeeping a pleasurable experience. Beginner and amateur beekeepers are more likely to get stung as they familiarise themselves with how bees behave and act. We'd all love docile colonies that happily let us extract honey without lifting a wing but unfortunately, this isn't always the […]

12 May 2022
Bumblebee gifts for friends and loved ones

Looking for the perfect bumblebee themed gift for a friend or loved one? We've got you covered with our extensive list of bumblebee gifts for every budget and occasion. Bumblebee gifts Here's our carefully selected range of unique, thoughtful gifts for the bumblebee lover in your life! A super-soft bumblebee blanket perfect for snuggling on […]

12 May 2022
The best bee smokers available in the UK

Picking the right bee smoker for your hives is really important. If you're anything like us your bees are like your family and making sure you care for them properly is vital. We've created a list of the best bee smokers available in the UK today. Best UK Bee Smokers We've personally tested the first […]

11 May 2022
How to Revive a Bee with sugar water

To revive a tired bee you can simply mix two tablespoons of tap water with a tablespoon of granulated white sugar, place the solution close to the bee using a teaspoon and allow it to drink. Never feed a bee honey and don't try to force the bee to drink. How to revive a tired […]

11 May 2022
Are bumblebees territorial?

Yes, male bumblebees will emerge in early spring before any queens. They stake out territory and try to mate with any queens that enter while driving away any competing males that try to enter their domain. This territorial attitude extends only as far as other males within their species rather than humans. Carpenter bees are […]

11 May 2022
How to help a bee that can't fly?

Found a bee that can't fly? Don't worry we've got you and your furry friend covered with our helpful guide on how to help a bee that can't fly. Bees fly directly from their hives and nests either to forage for resources or to mate and reproduce. Grounded bees can be a sign of a […]

9 May 2022
What are bee bombs?

Bee bombs are small spheres created by mixing together soil, clay and a range of seeds. Bee bombs in particular focus on a range of seeds rich in nectar and pollen to try and provide resources for bees and other pollinators. Bee bombs, often referred to as seed bombs or bee balls have become very […]

9 May 2022
Do bees eat butterflies?

No, most bees consume a plant-based diet consisting of pollen and nectar. Certain species of stingless bees have been observed feeding on the flesh of dead animals but have not been observed consuming other insects like butterflies. Bees and butterflies both fall under the order Lepidoptera which means 'scaled wing' in Latin. Both of these […]

5 May 2022
Do bees eat aphids?

No, while it might seem like bees are eating aphids (often referred to as black flies or green flies) they're actually feeding on the sugary waste excretions produced by Aphids while feeding on tree sap. This excretion is known as 'honeydew'. It's a common misconception that bees are a natural form of pest control for […]

4 May 2022
Do bees eat ants?

No, most bees have a plant-based diet rich in pollen and nectar. Some species of stingless bees have been observed feeding on the flesh of dead animals but their diet does not extend to living insects like ants. The opposite is very much true of ants with honey, honeycomb, and even protein-rich young larvae on […]

4 May 2022
Everything You Need To Know About The Stingless Bee

Stingless bees are a large group of species all comprised within the tribe Meliponini of the greater Apidae family and are often referred to as stingless honeybees. Stingless bees are eusocial just like honeybees meaning they display a high level of social intelligence displayed by females raising young with the support and cooperation of non-reproductive […]

28 April 2022
Do bees hibernate in the ground?

Yes, many species of bumblebee and some solitary bees will hibernate in the ground over winter. They rely on fat stored over the summer months to ensure their survival through to their emergence in early spring. Winter is a challenging time for bees and with the changeable temperatures, we seem to be experiencing bees are […]

26 April 2022
What happens if you kill a queen wasp?

Killing a queen wasp is unlikely to destroy her colony during the later months of Summer. Killing a queen wasp in early Spring can lead to a colony collapse due to her responsibility for feeding the young worker larvae. Much like some bee species, wasps have a matriarch that rules over the nest ensuring its […]

22 April 2022
Can bees sting through clothes?

Yes, bees can and will sting you through your clothes. You will be stung more easily through tight-fitting clothes or clothing items with very thin material. Thick, baggy clothing is the best way to avoid getting stung by bees. How do bees sting you through your clothes? Honeybees have evolved for thousands of years and […]

21 April 2022
Do bees fart?

Yes, bees can fart just like humans! Honeybees ingest pollen which is passed down into their honey stomachs and middle gut to be digested. Digested matter travels to the hindgut to be expelled as excrement, any air present in the fecal matter at the time of expulsion will become a bee fart. How do bees […]

12 April 2022
Why do bumblebees hover in one spot?

Bumblebees use sight and smell to identify potential new foraging locations. This means they will often hover just above the heads of flowers assessing the viability of each flower. Male bumblebees can be very territorial and will often hover in one spot waiting for a female bumblebee to emerge so he can mate. Male carpenter […]

12 April 2022
Can light bulbs kill bees?

Yes, very hot light bulbs or light fixtures will kill bees on impact. Bees are attracted to light much like other flying insects via an innate positive phototactic response. This response increases considerably as the bee reaches maturity. The short video below shows the extreme reaction bees have to sources of light: Why are bees […]

12 April 2022
Why are bees black and yellow?

Black and yellow stripes on insects often indicate one of two things. Either the insect is equipped with a toxic bite or sting or it will taste particularly unpleasant when consumed by predators. While not all bees are black and yellow there are several species that display black and yellow stripes to warn potential predators. […]

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