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US beekeepers lost over 40% of colonies last year, highest winter losses ever recorded
Beekeepers across the United States lost 40.7% of their honey bee colonies from April 2018 to April 2019, according to preliminary results of the latest annual nationwide survey conducted by the University of Maryland-led nonprofit Bee Informed Partnership. (2019-06-19)
Bees required to create an excellent blueberry crop
Getting an excellent rabbiteye blueberry harvest requires helpful pollinators -- particularly native southeastern blueberry bees -- although growers can bring in managed honey bees to do the job, according to Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists. (2019-06-17)
Pollen collected by US honey bees in urban settings shows dramatic seasonal variation
The diversity and availability of pollen foraged by honey bees across urban and suburban areas in the US varies drastically with the seasons, according to a study published June 12, 2019 in PLOS ONE by Juliana Rangel from Texas A&M University, USA, and colleagues. (2019-06-12)
Honeybee mite raises bumblebee virus risk
A mite that spreads a dangerous virus among honeybees also plays an indirect role in infecting wild bumblebees, new research shows. (2019-06-12)
Beewolves use a gas to preserve food
Scientists from the Universities of Regensburg and Mainz and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology discovered that the eggs of the European beewolf produce nitric oxide. (2019-06-11)
Burt's Bees presents research on the proven power of naturals at the 2019 WCD
Burt's Bees, a leading provider of personal care products committed to natural skin care solutions, today announced research supporting new findings related to the skin's composition and the role of nature-based regimens to protect the skin against common environmental stressors. (2019-06-11)
Honey bee colonies down by 16%
The number of honey bee colonies fell by 16% in the winter of 2017-18, according to an international study led by the University of Strathclyde. (2019-06-05)
A combination of insecticides and mite weakens honeybees
Today, scientists of the Institute of Bee Health of the University of Bern and the honeybee research association COLOSS have published an article in the peer-reviewed journal Scientific Reports that shows a synergistic time-lag interaction between the parasitic mite Varroa destructor and neonicotinoid insecticides reducing survival of winter honeybees, Apis mellifera. (2019-06-04)
Bees can link symbols to numbers: Study
We know bees get the concept of zero and can do basic math. (2019-06-04)
A combination of agrochemicals shortens the life of bees, study shows
A nonlethal dose of insecticide clothianidin can reduce honeybees' life span by half; once combined with the fungicide pyraclostrobin, it alters the behavior of worker bees to the point of endangering the whole colony. (2019-05-30)
As bumblebee diets narrow, ours could too
A new study from the University of California, Riverside, reveals the loss of plant diversity harms the humble bumble at a critical stage in its development from egg to adult. (2019-05-15)
Paper wasps capable of behavior that resembles logical reasoning
A new University of Michigan study provides the first evidence of transitive inference, the ability to use known relationships to infer unknown relationships, in a nonvertebrate animal: the lowly paper wasp. (2019-05-07)
Discovery of RNA transfer through royal jelly could aid development of honey bee vaccines
Researchers have discovered that honey bees are able to share immunity with other bees and to their offspring in a hive by transmitting RNA 'vaccines' through royal jelly and worker jelly. (2019-05-02)
The hunger gaps: How flowering times affect farmland bees
For the very first time, researchers from the University of Bristol have measured farmland nectar supplies throughout the whole year and revealed hungry gaps when food supply is not meeting pollinator demand. (2019-05-01)
How the bumble bee got its stripes
Researchers have discovered a gene that drives color differences within a species of bumble bees, helping to explain the highly diverse color patterns among bumble bees. (2019-04-29)
Pesticide exposure causes bumblebee flight to fall short
Bees exposed to a neonicotinoid pesticide fly only a third of the distance that unexposed bees are able to achieve. (2019-04-29)
With flower preferences, bees have a big gap between the sexes
For scores of wild bee species, females and males visit very different flowers for food -- a discovery that could be important for conservation efforts, according to Rutgers-led research. (2019-04-24)
Field trial with neonicotinoids: Honeybees are much more robust than bumblebees
The insecticide clothianidin affects different species of bees in different ways. (2019-04-23)
The buzz about bumble bees isn't good
While many scientists are focused on the decline of honey bees, relatively few study bumble bees. (2019-04-23)
Neonics hinder bees' ability to fend off deadly mites, U of G study reveals
A University of Guelph study is the first to uncover the impact of neonicotinoid pesticides on honey bees' ability to groom and rid themselves of deadly mites. (2019-04-22)
Weak honey bee colonies may fail from cold exposure during shipping
Weak honey bee colonies may fail after being exposed to cold temperature changes that happen during truck shipping. (2019-04-18)
Disappearing bumblebee species under threat of extinction
The American Bumblebee - a species once more commonly seen buzzing around Southern Ontario - is critically endangered, according to a new study led by York University. (2019-04-18)
Unique look at combined influence of pollinators and herbivores reveals rapid evolution of floral traits in plants
Pollinating bumblebees and butterflies help plants grow prettier flowers, but harmful herbivores don't, a new study shows. (2019-04-11)
Interplay of pollinators and pests influences plant evolution
Brassica rapa plants pollinated by bumblebees evolve more attractive flowers. (2019-04-11)
Tiny traces of neonicotinoid pesticides impair insects' ability to spot predators
Traces of neonicotinoid pesticides can impair a flying insect's ability to spot predators and avoid collisions with objects in their path. (2019-04-10)
Pesticide cocktail can harm honey bees
A series of tests conducted over several years by scientists at UC San Diego have shown for the first time that Sivanto, developed by Bayer CropScience AG and first registered for commercial use in 2014, could pose a range of threats to honey bees depending on seasonality, bee age and use in combination with common chemicals such as fungicides. (2019-04-10)
UNH researchers reveal more than dozen wild bee species declining in Northeast
Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have found a dramatic decline of 14 wild bee species that are, among other things, important across the Northeast for the pollination of major local crops like apples, blueberries and cranberries. (2019-04-09)
New pathways for sustainable agriculture
Diversity beats monotony: a colourful patchwork of small, differently used plots can bring advantages to agriculture and nature. (2019-04-08)
Science-based guidelines for building a bee-friendly landscape
Many resources encourage homeowners and land care managers to create bee-friendly environments, but most of them include lists of recommended plants rarely backed by science. (2019-04-05)
Think the tick threat grows with the grass? Not necessarily!
In a study published today in the journal PLOS ONE, USDA Forest Service scientists report on their quest to get to the bottom of a common assumption about the urban landscape: ticks like long grass. (2019-04-03)
Wild bees flock to forested areas affected by severe fire
A groundbreaking two-year study in southern Oregon found greater abundance and diversity of wild bees in areas that experienced moderate and severe forest fires compared to areas with low-severity fires. (2019-04-02)
Codifying the universal language of honey bees
In a paper appearing in April's issue of Animal Behaviour researchers decipher the instructive messages encoded in the insects' movements, called waggle dances. (2019-03-27)
Adhesive formed from bee spit and flower oil could form basis of new glues
Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology are looking to a bee 'glue' as a model for a bioinspired adhesive because of its unique properties and ability to remain sticky through a range of conditions. (2019-03-27)
Widespread losses of pollinating insects in Britain
Many insect pollinator species are disappearing from areas of Great Britain, a new study has found. (2019-03-26)
3D models reveal why bigger bumblebees see better
By generating 3D images of bumblebees' compound eyes, researchers at Lund University in Sweden have discovered how bumblebees differ in their vision. (2019-03-25)
Beware of sleeping queens underfoot this spring
Scientists at Queen Mary University of London have discovered a never before reported behaviour of queen bumblebees. (2019-03-20)
Honey bee colonies more successful by foraging on non-crop fields
Honey bee colonies foraging on land with a strong cover of clover species and alfalfa do more than three times as well than if they are put next to crop fields of sunflowers or canola, according to a study just published in Scientific Reports by an Agricultural Research Service scientist and his colleagues. (2019-03-20)
Researchers: Pesticides influence ground-nesting bee development and longevity
Results from a new study suggest that bees might be exposed to pesticides in more ways than we thought, and it could impact their development significantly. (2019-03-13)
Pollinators need people
A global study has concluded that people are essential to conserving the pollinators that maintain and protect biodiversity, agriculture and habitat. (2019-03-11)
Honey bees can help monitor pollution in cities
Honey from urban bees can tell us how clean a city is and help pinpoint the sources of environmental pollutants such as lead, new University of British Columbia research has found. (2019-03-11)
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