While male bumblebees may be perceived as lazy, researchers recently confirmed the insects can forage just as successfully as their female counterparts.
Some pollinating leafhoppers may be transmitting deadly bacteria to flowering plants. When infected, the plants are unable to blossom and sexual reproduction is prevented turning them into the living dead.
Honey Bees can't resist caffeine, and some plants are even making their nectar more caffeinated to attract them. This dynamic could have serious impacts on pollination and honey production, researchers say.
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.