bees

First survey of California’s bees in 50 years will look for effects of habitat destruction

When you think of California in the 1970s, maybe you think of hippies, Fleetwood Mac or skateboards. But if you’re an entomologist, you might think of all the natural spaces that have since been devoured by urbanization and wonder what happened to the native bees that lived in them. The question isn’t one of mere nostalgia or curiosity. Insect populations around the world are plunging…


Foreign honey bees invade area changing life

Hike around the natural habitats of San Diego County and it becomes abundantly clear that honey bees, foreign to the area, are everywhere. A new study by Keng-Lou James Hung, Jennifer Kingston, Adrienne Lee, David Holway and Joshua Kohn of UC San Diego’s Division of Biological Sciences, published on Feb. 20 in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, found that honey bees focus their foraging on…


Light at the end of Via de la Valle: Knorr Candle Shop minds its own beeswax

As the world, and a greater Rancho Santa Fe, passes them by, Claudia Knorr wonders what it takes to shine some light on her family’s internationally recognized business. “So many people have moved here lately, and they don’t know we exist,” said Knorr, whose family owns, and operates, Knorr Candle Shop and its candle-making factory at Carlsbad. “Or people will stop by and say we’ve…