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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…
Offer nectar to tempt hummingbirds to the garden

April 12, 2019

Hummingbirds are garden jewels, as beautiful as they are valuable. Each weighing less than a nickel, hummingbirds play…
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…
Feisty hummingbirds prioritize fencing over feeding

January 3, 2019

Most hummingbirds have bills and tongues exquisitely designed to slip inside a flower, lap up nectar and squeeze…
Stanford nectar research sheds light on ecological theory

June 18, 2018

A sticky drop of nectar clinging to the tip of a hummingbird’s beak drips into the next flower…
Hairy tongues help bats drink up

February 8, 2018

Animals have evolved all manner of adaptations to get the nutrients they need. For nectar-feeding bats, long snouts…
Nicotine enhances bees’ activity

May 20, 2017

The researchers used artificial flowers in a tightly-monitored flight arena in the laboratory to mimic how flowering plants…
Powers of perception may explain evolutionary riddle

January 11, 2017

A strikingly literal case of perception shaping reality could explain a paradox involving nectar-producing flowers and the bats…
Bees remain excellent searchers even when ill

September 13, 2016

Radar technology has been used to show for the first time that bees remain nimble and able to…
Scent guides hawk moths to the best-fitting flowers

May 18, 2016

That the morphology of many pollinators corresponds strikingly to the shape of the flowers they pollinate was observed…
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…
Flowers tone down the iridescence of their petals and avoid confusing bees

February 27, 2016

Bees looking for nectar need to be able to spot flower petals and recognise which flowers are full…
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…
Hummingbirds Use Tiny Pumps to Extract Nectar

August 22, 2015

When hummingbirds show up in the garden looking for dinner, there’s a lot more going on than meets…
Poor diet may contribute to the decline in British bees

April 23, 2015

The changing British landscape could be contributing to the decline in our bee populations, according to Lancaster University…
3-D printed blossoms a growing tool for ecology

April 18, 2015

3-D printing has been used to make everything from cars to medical implants. Now, University of Washington ecologists…
Nectar: a sweet reward from plants to attract pollinators

March 17, 2014

Evolution is based on diversity, and sexual reproduction is key to creating a diverse population that secures competitiveness…
How do bees make honey? It’s not just bee barf

June 21, 2013

Last weekend, my daughter asked me how bees made honey, and I realized that I didn’t know the…
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