Given the increasing human population that has been projected to number 9 billion by 2050, scientists are always looking out for new potential sources of food. One particular ingredient caught their eye: honey bee brood or the larvae and pupae of drones.
Despite being exposed to human food that contains processed sugar, urban bees stick to their healthy flower-nectar diet.
Researchers have discovered that the vast majority of infected hives can be traced back to one source -- the European honeybee, which is consistenly traded and imported to North America.
While we've been pretty sure for a while that neonicotinioid insecticides threaten honeybees, here is new information on threats from pesticides commonly used on some of the U.S.'s key crops, suggesting our government needs to increase regulation on some agricultural practices.
Hunger can make anyone cranky, but it seems a flower's aroma can calm even the most aggressive of honeybees. Since flowers come with the promise of food, researchers say bees would rather feast than fight.
For many species, including humans, sex is determined by sex chromosomes. However, this is not the case for ants, wasps and bees. A recent study sheds light on the evolution of sex determination in ants and how inbreeding can lead to sterile males.
A new study from Australian researchers talks about non-bee pollinators that make kiwi, coffee, mangoes, canola and others thrive.
The relationship between humans and bees dates back much earlier than previously thought. In fact, beeswax was first used during the Stone Age in 7000 BC.
A study of ancient bee fossils and their pollen from roughly 50 million years ago revealed findings for the habits of modern-day bees.
Ever wonder how hairy animals keep themselves clean? You may be more familiar with the grooming techniques of household pets, but some animals use "renewable" cleaning strategies researchers hope to apply to keeping technology dust-free.
While the social roles some insects inhabit are set in stone, dinosaur ants and red paper wasps are far more flexible – and able to adjust their behaviors for varying responsibilities.
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.
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.
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.