Bumblebee. Illustration: Michael Viney

The bees came home late to their hives in our garden in a Dublin suburb the evening we wanted to move them to our new home in the west. So we missed s(...)

Itself a sub-species of the dark European honey bee, the Irish honey bee is hirsute compared to its non- native fellows, enabling it to better survive our cooler, damper oceanic climate. Black bees are also frugal in their use of honey stores, allowing them to withstand longer periods of climate- induced ‘austerity’
Time to give bees a chance

Collective bargaining may no longer be de rigueur in our current economic climate but this has not prevented Irish bees from acquiring a representativ(...)