The economic destruction of Detroit, Michigan produces a thriving ecosystem for bumblebees. Too bad they can't pay taxes.
Over 90 percemt of the rusty patched bumblebee population has been wiped out primarily due to disease, pesticide exposure, habitat loss and climate change. At present, they are only found in small, scattered populations in 13 states.
Bees are traditionally viewed as hardworking insects but what most people would be surprised to know is that male bumblebees leave home and fly away without looking back. Researchers from the University of Exeter have discovered that male bumblebees make no effort to remember the nest they've come from.
A new study published in Science shows that it is possible for bees to be optimistic, especially after being able to experience or indulge in sugar-concentrated water. The researchers want to find out if insects, just like people, are also capable of having positive emotions such as happiness.
A rare western bumblebee species appears to be staging a comeback in the Pacific Northwest after experiencing dramatic population declines in the 1990s. Researchers are unsure what exactly caused the decline in the first place, but what remains even more of a mystery is why the bees have suddenly rebounded.
While male bumblebees may be perceived as lazy, researchers recently confirmed the insects can forage just as successfully as their female counterparts.
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.
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.
Crops such as blueberries and others may soon be affected, because bumblebees' range is narrowing, researchers say.
Ever since it was first noticed in 2006 that America's honeybees were dying en masse, the spotlight has been on these essential pollinators. It was quickly revealed that not only US honeybees, but entire global populations were in trouble, with troubling declines in Europe and even Australia. Now a new investigation has revealed that a suite of diseases that once exclusively affected domestic honeybees has moved on to infect wild bees, such as the common bumblebee, as well.
This past weekend, the White House hosted the first tour of its garden for 2015, celebrating the arrival of spring with a brilliant display of flowers and cheer. However, those weren't the only things on display. A great number of environmental advocates showed up to urge the First Lady to ensure that not only would the White House garden be free of bee-harming pesticides, but that President Barack Obama stand by his resolution to protect pollinators across the nation.
We've unfortunately got some bad news for bee lovers. Remember those harmful pesticides that are supposedly keeping our honeybees down? Well, it turns out they adversely affect other wild bee populations too - a revelation that may affect a historic EU decision slated for December.
Many UK bumblebees are being fitted with tiny backpacks in order to track their movements and get to the bottom of the dramatic decline bee populations all around the world are experiencing.
Europe is home to nearly 2,000 bee species, and yet a stunning 10 percent of them are currently facing the threat of extinction, with another 50-or-so species expected to face the same threat in the near future. This is even as pollinator populations around the world, consisting primarily of bees and butterflies, continue to dramatically decline - a significant worry for conservationists and agricultural experts alike.