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As bumblebee diets narrow, ours could too

May 23, 2019

There has been a lot of buzz about honeybees’ failing health because they pollinate our produce. Less well…
Diverse Bee Communities Best for Apple Orchards

March 19, 2019

Honey bees aren’t the only pollinators of apple flowers: bumble bees, sweat bees, mason bees and many other…
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…
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…
Small bee ‘pollen thieves’ are not effective bumblebee substitutes, study shows

July 4, 2018

Bumblebee populations are declining in the United States for a range of reasons – loss of habitat, pesticide…
Clever bees can identify different flowers by patterns of scent

June 15, 2018

Flowers have lots of different patterns on their surfaces that help to guide bees and other pollinators towards…
Environmental Threats Put Bumblebee Queens Under Pressure

June 14, 2018

Spring is a busy time for bumblebee queens. After emerging from hibernation, their to-do list includes making nests,…
Iridescent colours in nature may actually act as a form of camouflage

May 27, 2018

What colours would you choose for your camouflage to hide in some natural setting? Green comes to mind,…
Researchers Find Drastic Decline in New Hampshire’s Bumblebees

December 19, 2017

In the first long-term study of New Hampshire’s bumblebee population, researchers at the University of New Hampshire have…
Bumblebees shed light on why some individuals are smarter than others

October 5, 2017

By examining the brains of bees trained to different tasks, the researchers found that the number of connections…
To Buzz or to Scrabble? To Foraging Bees, That’s the Question

June 30, 2017

Imagine going to the supermarket to stock up on groceries but coming home empty-handed because you just couldn’t…
Bumblebee populations higher in Detroit than in some less-urbanized areas; vacant lots could be a factor

May 17, 2017

A new study of native bumblebee populations in southeastern Michigan cities found, surprisingly, that Detroit has more of…
Male bumblebees leave home without looking back

December 20, 2016

Male bumblebees leave home and fly away without looking back, making no effort to remember the location of…
Arboretum prairies offer rare refuge for vanishing bumblebee

October 7, 2016

A proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to seek endangered status for the rusty-patched bumblebee has…
Virus attracts bumblebees to infected plants by changing scent

August 13, 2016

Plant scientists at the University of Cambridge have found that the cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) alters gene expression…
Picky eaters: Bumble bees prefer plants with nutrient-rich pollen

June 30, 2016

Bumble bees have discriminating palettes when it comes to their pollen meals, according to researchers at Penn State.…
Study suggests commercial bumble bee industry amplified a fungal pathogen of bees

April 6, 2016

Scientists hoping to explain widespread declines in wild bumble bee populations have conducted the first long-term genetic study…
Selfish bumblebees are not prepared to share

March 19, 2016

“Like other pollinators, bees face complex routing challenges when collecting nectar and pollen – they have to learn…
Male bees have more than a one-track mind

November 17, 2015

Researchers from QMUL’s School of Biological and Chemical Sciences trained male and female bumblebees to distinguish between artificial…
Toxic Tastes – Ireland’s Bees and Non-Native Rhododendron Nectar

November 10, 2015

Botanists from Trinity College Dublin’s School of Natural Sciences have discovered that the nectar from a common, non-native…
Alpine Bumblebees’ Rapid Adaptation to Climate Change Offers Glimmer of Hope to Declining Bee Population

September 26, 2015

Rising temperatures in alpine habitats worldwide have resulted in declines in flowering among indigenous plants and contributed to…
Bumblebees use nicotine to fight off parasites

April 28, 2015

Bumblebees that have been infected by parasites seek out flowers with nicotine in the nectar, likely to fight…
Bumblebees differentiate flower types when arranged horizontally but not vertically

April 8, 2015

Bumblebees trained to go to feeders labelled with a certain colour or pattern cue but avoid differently labelled…
Bumblebees learn hidden patterns in flowers

June 6, 2014

Bees pollinate about one-third of what we eat so it is important that we know as much about…
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