An Australian father-son pair recently put their minds together to birth an invention that may very well change how beekeeping is done forever. Called the Flow Hive, this revolutionary beehive puts fresh honey literally on tap, reducing labor for beekeepers, and - most importantly - stress for the world's most important pollinators.
Well... sort of. What we're really talking about here are the main components of those human vices - nicotine and caffeine - which are normally toxic to our tiny pollinator friends. However, much like some bird species that intentionally consume poisons to kill off intestinal parasites, small concentrations of these toxins could indeed help protect hives from illness
Cities may not exactly seem like the best places for bees, and yet it's not a terribly unusual site to see professionals removing massive hives from trees, roofs, and even lampposts. Now, new research has revealed that maybe these urban bees are on to something, as they could be just as productive and healthy as their rural counterparts.
You've likely heard of the global decline in pollinators, a trend sparked by invasive parasites, climate change, and infamously harmful pesticides. Now a new study has revealed why more people should be trying to 'save the bees.' Their decline is hurting humans too, leaving a good number of developing countries at risk of malnutrition.
Wildlife refuges in the Northwest and Hawaii will be "phasing out" a class of pesticides suspected to be causing severe damage to pollinator populations, planning to have the pesticides completely out of these protected areas by the start of 2016.
It sounds silly, but how long their tongue is can really be the difference between life and death for some bees. Researchers suggest that in the wake of changing ecosystems, the adaptability of tongue length is crucial to bee populations looking to survive.
A new study finds that some Australian native flowers evolved color spectral signatures to attract bird pollinators.