Silence of the Bees

Additional Resources


A Sharp Spike in Honeybee Deaths Deepens a Worrisome Trend (May 13, 2015)

BBC: Nature News “Honeybee virus: Varroa mite spreads lethal disease” (June 7, 2012)
A parasitic mite has helped a virus wipe out billions of honeybees throughout the globe, say scientists.

Yahoo News “‘Zombie’ Fly Parasite Killing Honeybees” (Jan 4, 2012)
A bizarre and potentially devastating parasitic fly that has been taking over the bodies of honeybees (Apis mellifera) in Northern California.

New York Times: 2 Studies Point to Common Pesticide as a Culprit in Declining Bee Colonies, 2012
Article on a recent study that shows pesticides can have significant affects on bee populations.

Web Sites

Apimondia is the Web site for the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations. It promotes scientific, ecological, social, and economic apicultural development. Apimondia encourages cooperation between beekeepers’ associations, scientific bodies, and individuals.

A comprehensive collection of information and resources on beekeeping.

International Bee Research Association
International Bee Research Association is a charity working to increase awareness of the vital role of bees in the environment and to encourage the use of bees as wealth creator.

Web site with an extensive list of associations; a bee news blog and active forums on topics from apitherapy and natural beekeeping to product reviews and classifieds.

A directory to over 1,000 sites worldwide, organized by topic and region.

The University of Minnesota Bee Lab
The University of Minnesota Bee Lab is a cutting-edge center of bee research that offers education and courses.

Dadant and Sons
The home of American Bee Journal, which covers professional concerns.

North American Pollinator Protection Campaign
Organization that serves to encourage the health of resident and migratory pollinating animals in North America.

American Beekeeping Federation
The national association that serves the needs of the U.S. beekeeper.

Bee Culture
The magazine of American beekeeping.

USDA Bee Research Laboratory
Bee Research Laboratory’s mission is to conduct research on the biology and control of honeybee parasites, diseases, and pests to ensure an adequate supply of bees for pollination and honey production.

Back Yard Beekeepers Association
The BYBA is a non-profit, charitable organization that provides practical information about the “how-tos” of beekeeping. The club also provides the general public with educational programs about honeybees and the benefits of beekeeping in our communities.

Interview with Doug Shultz on the The Alcove with Mark Molaro
Filmmaker Doug Shultz discusses the filming of Silence of the Bees.

Related Episodes

Nature: Alien Empire
Interactive Web site on the world of insects. Includes games on bee anatomy and the inner workings of the hive.


Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture By Ross Conrad. Vermont: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2007.

A Book of Bees: And How to Keep Them By Sue Hubbell. New York: Mariner Books, 1998.

The Wisdom of the Hive: The Social Physiology of Honey Bee Colonies By Thomas D. Seeley. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1995.

The Honey Bee By James L. Gould and Carol Grant Gould. New York: Scientific American Library, 1988.

Honey: A Comprehensive Survey Edited by Eva Crane. London: William Heinemann Ltd, 1975.

ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture: An Encyclopedia Pertaining to Scientific and Practical Culture of Bees By A. I. Root. Medina, Ohio: A. I. Root Co., 1950.