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How do mantis shrimp find their way home?
New research in Current Biology indicates mantis shrimp use path integration to find their way back to their burrows after leaving to seek food or mates. (2020-04-09)
How does an intersex bee behave?
A group of scientists and students working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute's Barro Colorado Island studied the circadian rhythm of a bee gynandromorph: a rare condition that results in the expression of both male and female characteristics. (2020-03-18)
Bumblebees aversion to pumpkin pollen may help plants thrive
Cornell University researchers have found that squash and pumpkin pollen have physical, nutritional and chemical defense qualities that are harmful to bumblebees. (2020-03-11)
Honeybee dance dialects
Honeybees use their waggle dance to tell their conspecifics where to find food. (2020-03-04)
Flower faithful native bee makes a reliable pollinator
Entomologists at UC Riverside have documented that a common species of native sweat bee feeds on the same plant species in a given area repeatedly, making it a reliable pollinator. (2020-03-04)
Quantifying objects: bees recognize that six is more than four
A new study at the University of Cologne proves that insects can perform basic numerical cognition tasks. (2020-03-02)
How quickly do flower strips in cities help the local bees?
Many cities are introducing green areas to protect their fauna. (2020-03-02)
To bee, or not to bee, a question for almond growers
The study co-authored by CTAHR's Ethel Villalobos suggests that 'Independence' almonds, like many plants that are self-compatible, still performed better when bees were assisting in pollination. (2020-03-02)
Helpful interactions can keep societies stable
University of Pennsylvania biologists have challenged old notions that communities with mutualistic interactions--where the presence of one species benefits another--are unstable. (2020-02-26)
Bee brain/human brain: New link
In a discovery which could open new avenues for understanding of the brain, researchers have found similarities between the brain activity of honey bees and humans. (2020-02-25)
Bumblebees recognize objects through sight and touch, a complex cognitive feat
Demonstrating an unprecedented degree of cognitive complexity in an insect, researchers report that bumblebees are capable of recognizing objects across senses. (2020-02-20)
Bumblebees can experience an object using one sense and later recognize it using another
Researchers at Queen Mary University of London and Macquarie University in Sydney have published new work in the journal Science showing that bumblebees can find objects in the dark they've only seen before. (2020-02-20)
Insects' ability to smell is phenomenally diverse, a new protein structure hints at how
Even though they don't have conventional noses, insects have adapted to smell odors in nearly every imaginable niche. (2020-02-15)
Pollinating opossums confirm decades-long theory
In Brazil there is a plant so strange that researchers predicted -- and 27 years later, proved -- that opossums are key to its pollination. (2020-02-12)
Fossilized insect from 100 million years ago is oldest record of primitive bee with pollen
Beetle parasites clinging to a primitive bee 100 million years ago may have caused the flight error that, while deadly for the insect, is a boon for science today. (2020-02-12)
Why bumble bees are going extinct in time of 'climate chaos'
Researchers from the University of Ottawa and UCL created a new technique that shows which species will be at risk from climate change, where those risks are most severe, and even suggests things we can do to reduce those risks. (2020-02-06)
Bumble bees prefer a low-fat diet
Are bees dying of malnourishment? Professor Sara Diana Leonhardt examines the interactions between plants and insects with her work group at the TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan. (2020-02-05)
Faster than a speeding bullet: Asian hornet invasion spreads to Northern Germany
Known to prey on many insects, including honey bees and other beneficiary species, the Asian hornet, which had recently invaded parts of Europe, presents a serious threat to apiculture and even to ecosystems. (2020-02-05)
Bumblebees carry heavy loads in economy mode
Bumblebees are the big lifters of the insect world, able to fly back to the hive with almost their own bodyweight in nectar on board. (2020-02-05)
Bacteria engineered to protect bees from pests and pathogens
Scientists from The University of Texas at Austin report in the journal Science that they have developed a new strategy to protect honey bees from a deadly trend known as colony collapse: genetically engineered strains of bacteria. (2020-01-30)
Pollination is better in cities than in the countryside
Flowering plants are better pollinated in urban than in rural areas. (2020-01-29)
Prescribed burns benefit bees
Freshly burned longleaf pine forests have more than double the total number of bees and bee species than similar forests that have not burned in over 50 years, according to new research from North Carolina State University. (2020-01-29)
New study identifies bumble bees' favorite flowers to aid bee conservation
Research in the Sierra Nevada region of California illustrates the varying flower choices of bumble bees: the five most common bumble bee species studied each selected a different assortment of flowers, and each selected at least one flower species not selected by the others. (2020-01-28)
Smart single mother bees learn from their neighbors
Solitary female bees inspect other nests for signs of danger before making decisions on where to build their own, a new London-based study suggests. (2020-01-28)
19th-century bee cells in a Panamanian cathedral shed light on human impact on ecosystems
About 120 clusters of 19th-century orchid bee nests were found during restoration work on the altarpiece of Basilica Cathedral in Casco Viejo (Panamá). (2020-01-27)
Prairie plants need fiery romance
In a new study, researchers found that prescribed, expert-controlled fires are critically important to successful reproduction in prairie plants. (2020-01-27)
Dance of the honey bee reveals fondness for strawberries
Bees are pollinators of many plants, but their diversity and density is declining. (2020-01-24)
Insecticides are becoming more toxic to honey bees
Researchers discover that neonicotinoid seed treatments are driving a dramatic increase in insecticide toxicity in U.S. agricultural landscapes, despite evidence that these treatments have little to no benefit in many crops. (2020-01-21)
A single gene for scent reception separates two species of orchid bees
Orchid bees are master perfumers. Males collect chemicals to concoct perfumes unique to their specific species. (2020-01-13)
Bark beetles control pathogenic fungi
Pathogens can drive the evolution of social behaviour in insects. (2019-12-20)
UK insects struggling to find a home make a bee-line for foreign plants
Non-native plants are providing new homes for Britain's insects -- some of which are rare on native plants, a new study has found. (2019-12-16)
Study sheds light on 'overlooked' bee species
The UK's first citizen science project focusing on solitary, ground-nesting bees has revealed that they nest in a far broader range of habitats than previously thought. (2019-12-11)
Bumblebees exposed to Chernobyl-levels of radiation consume more nectar
Researchers at Stirling University have found that exposure to chronic low-dose radiation, found in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, negatively affects bumblebee energy use by increasing their metabolic rate and food consumption. (2019-12-11)
Invest in pollinator monitoring for long-term gain
A research team from the University of Reading and the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology is studying how to improve pollinator monitoring in the UK in a cost-effective manner. (2019-12-10)
How flowers adapt to their pollinators
The first flowering plants originated more than 140 million years ago in the early Cretaceous. (2019-12-05)
On balance, some neonicotinoid pesticides could benefit bees
The story of neonicotinoids is growing more nuanced. Europe has banned outdoor use of three of these insecticides to protect bee populations. (2019-11-27)
The use of certain neonicotinoids could benefit bumblebees, new study finds
Not all neonicotinoid insecticides have negative effects on bees, according to researchers at Lund University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. (2019-11-27)
Neonicotinoids: Despite EU moratorium, bees still at risk
Since 2013, a European Union moratorium has restricted the application of three neonicotinoids to crops that attract bees because of the harmful effects they are deemed to have on these insects. (2019-11-27)
Conservation of biodiversity is like an insurance policy for the future of mankind
Fens and bogs are valuable research environments for paleoecologists due to ancient fossils that have survived in the peatland for thousands of years. (2019-11-26)
Pollinator friendliness can extend beyond early spring
A study out of the University of Arkansas investigated whether bulbs can flower and persist in warm-season lawns while providing nutrition for pollinating insects. (2019-11-21)
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