A study of ancient bee fossils and their pollen from roughly 50 million years ago revealed findings for the habits of modern-day bees.
A new study looks at a possible new source of contamination for bees, which could prolong and deepen their exposure.
An entomologist recently looked at the story behind matricide among social insects, which isn't the standard but sometimes happens. It turns out that a pretty intricate plot is behind it. Stand back, MacBeth.
A recent study looked at the behavior between queens and workers in one bumblebee species, finding tha a single system of pheromones doesn't control behavior across several species, as previously thought.
It's no secret that the world desperately needs bees. With worrying declines around the globe, their importance in agriculture and forest management is as obvious as ever. However, new research has found that, worryingly, some bees can cheat the system -- stealing pollen without pollinating plants in return.
Western prairie fringed orchids in North Dakota are being threatened by invasive hawk moths and bumble bees who have been stealing nectar from these victim plants without pollinating them. Understanding this "nectar larceny" could help researchers better conserve rare plant populations.
As a result of climate change altering plant diversity, some bumblebees have evolved with to shorten tongues enabling them to adapt to feeding on shallower flowers.
Bees are still in trouble, with worrying declines and even outright extinctions occurring within the last decade. However, it turns out that scientists might be tracking only a portion of the pollinator population, with some species still undiscovered. In Australia, specialists are helping to reconcile this, discovering four new bee species in one grand project.
A recent Cornell University study examined where the worst, or more painful, place to get stung is. After enduring multiple stings throughout 25 different places on his body, graduate student Michael Smith discovered one's nose is the most sensitive.
On Thursday, a federal appeals court overturned the EPA's decision to approve marketing of sulfoxaflor, a pesticide that acts like the same neonicotinoids class associated with bee declines. The blocking of this approval has now put the EPA under careful scrutiny by environmental watchdog groups around the US, with the agency's commitment to pollinator protection being called into question.
On Thursday, a federal appeals court overturned the EPA's decision to approve marketing of sulfoxaflor, a pesticide that acts like the same neonicotinoids class associated with bee declines.
Africanized honey bees have been expanding northward in California since they were introduced in 1994. Because they are limited to warm temperatures, future climate change could expand their range even more.
Imagine this: You're enjoying your midday meal when you have a startling epiphany. Suddenly you just know what it is you're meant to do in life. What's more, your body starts to change to fill that role! It's not something that happens everyday for us humans, but for bees, it's a regular part of life.
Crops such as blueberries and others may soon be affected, because bumblebees' range is narrowing, researchers say.