Life in a honey bee hive is all about cooperating for the collective good.
Wild bees provide many lessons. Watching and learning from them may help keep honeybees safe and thriving.
In NSW, honeybees are listed as a key threatening process to biodiversity.
'Bee-washing,' marketing claims that purport to help bees, can diminish the important distinction between a honey bee and native bee.
All too often the media buzz is centred around the managed honeybee, at the expense of other wild bee species.
Beekeeping cannot depend on a single forage source. This makes the business of ensuring bees have what they need to stay healthy a precarious business.
Honey bees are in decline and the current method of keeping them can be disruptive to a colony. But new designs allow beekeepers to monitor a hive remotely, even sniff out disease and pests.
Bees and humans share a long history. But now bee populations are in a worrying decline. So can beekeeping teach us how to live in harmony with the world's most famous pollinator?