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September 12, 2019

They say love is blind, but if you’re a queen honeybee it could mean true loss of sight.…
An adult worker honey bee collecting pollen. Illustration by Peggy Greb, USDA ARS
Microbes on the Menu for Bee Larvae

August 22, 2019

Bees only feast on nectar and pollen, right? Wrong. Turns out, Nature’s famously busy insect isn’t strictly vegan,…
Plant probe could help estimate bee exposure to neonicotinoid insecticides

July 18, 2019

Bee populations are declining, and neonicotinoid pesticides continue to be investigated — and in some cases banned —…
Being a friend to bees

June 26, 2019

More than 300 different species of bees call Minnesota home. Worldwide, the number is more than 20,000! And…
Bees Required to Create an Excellent Blueberry Crop

June 18, 2019

Getting an excellent rabbiteye blueberry harvest requires helpful pollinators—particularly native southeastern blueberry bees—although growers can bring in managed…
The hunger gaps: how flowering times affect farmland bees

May 2, 2019

For the very first time, researchers from the University of Bristol have measured farmland nectar supplies throughout the…
Wild bees flock to forested areas affected by severe fire

April 5, 2019

A groundbreaking two-year study in southern Oregon found greater abundance and diversity of wild bees in areas that…
Adhesive Formed From Bee Spit and Flower Oil Could Form Basis of New Glues

March 29, 2019

Honey bees spend hours each day collecting pollen and packing it into tidy bundles attached to their hind…
Graduate student Cassondra Vernier conducted lab experiments and observed hours of bee interactions at the entrance to the hive. She is shown here at Tyson Research Center, Washington University’s environmental field station. (Courtesy photo)
Earning a bee’s wings

February 25, 2019

It is a classic coming-of-age story, in many ways. A honey bee hatches and grows up deep inside…
World’s biggest bee found

February 25, 2019

Last seen in 1981 and thought lost to science, a team of scientists and conservationists, including Honorary Professor…
Culprit found for honeybee deaths in almond groves

February 14, 2019

It’s about time for the annual mass migration of honeybees to California, and new research is helping lower…
ARS Microscopy Research Helps Unravel the Workings of a Major Honey Bee Pest

February 1, 2019

Research by scientists at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the University of Maryland released today sheds new light —…
Scientists discovered 26 new bee species in the Australian Outback

January 25, 2019

Bees are our friends for thousands of years and yet we don‘t know too much about them. Scientists…
Twenty six new bee species discovered in the Australian outback

January 23, 2019

South Australian researchers have discovered 26 new species of native bees from the outback of Australia. The new…
City gardens could become a safety haven for pollinators

January 15, 2019

It is probably safe to say that most people would like more nature in their lives. More and…
Bumble and Bumble: what’s black and yellow and maybe more than one species?

January 2, 2019

During the dark afternoons of December in New England, I like to scroll through my old field photos…
Bees can count with just four nerve cells in their brains

December 27, 2018

In order to understand how bees count, the researchers simulated a very simple miniature ‘brain’ on a computer…
Researchers create first sensor package that can ride aboard bees

December 12, 2018

Farmers can already use drones to soar over huge fields and monitor temperature, humidity or crop health. But…
Trees for bees

December 5, 2018

Planting more hedgerows and trees could hold the key to helping UK bees thrive once again, a new…
Scientists analysed genetic makeup of bees and found new organisms inside of them

December 2, 2018

Bees are dying all over the world and no one knows exactly why or how to stop this…
Honey Bee Helpers: It Takes a Village to Conserve a Colony

November 23, 2018

Do you eat fruits and vegetables? What about nuts? If so, you can thank an insect pollinator, usually…
Study challenges widely held assumption of bee evolution

November 16, 2018

A new study rewrites a commonly cited hypothesis about bee evolution and the cause behind an explosion in…
Bee social or buzz off: Study links genes to social behaviors, including autism

October 24, 2018

“Bees have complex social behaviors, and with this species of bee, we can directly compare individuals that live…
Campus garden boosts population of bees and butterflies

September 26, 2018

The flowers mingle beautifully in a late-summer breeze along the west patio of the Iowa Memorial Union, the…
How honeybee swarms could shape future building design

September 19, 2018

The natural world has had billions of years of evolution to perfect systems, creating elegant solutions to tricky…
Where would we ‘bee’ without pollinators?

September 4, 2018

Visitors to this year’s Bee and Pollination Festival will discover all that is happening in the bee world including the…
Epigenetic patterns determine if honeybee larvae become queens or workers

August 23, 2018

Queen and worker honeybees are almost genetically identical but are fed a different diet as larvae. The researchers…
Logging site slash removal may be boon for wild bees in managed forests

August 22, 2018

New research suggests the removal of timber harvest residue during harvesting may be a boon for wild bees,…
Can solar energy save the bees?

August 4, 2018

In response to the population decline of pollinating insects, such as wild bees and monarch butterflies, researchers at…
Queen Bees and the Microbial Fountain of Youth

August 2, 2018

UA students study honey bees to find out how bacteria in their guts and the foods they eat…
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