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Rewards, risks, and space stations

Varroa mite on the bee
Our initial research about the efficacy of essential oils has turned into a full strategy. Currently, we’re trying to determine how to see if the bees reliably deliver the oils to the hive and transfer them, through trophallaxis, to the nursing bees and then on to the larvae. 

My Thyme Oil Brings all the Bees to the Yard

Thyme essential oil in a glass bottle
We’ve been keeping Dick Rogers up to date over email (he’s not really a Slack kind of guy) on developments in our research and our product concept, but we hadn’t been able to really sit down with him and talk it all out until today. It was an incredibly productive meeting. 

The Surprising Truth About Bee Nesting Habits—and How You Can Help

The Surprising Truth About Bee Nesting Habits—and How You Can Help
Although honey bees get all the major press, habitat loss is a crisis facing our native bee species—which are also super important for our pollination needs! In fact, habitat loss is a way bigger issue for native bees than for honey bees, which are largely managed by beekeepers on private property.