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Bee visitors and their policing

Bee visitors and their policing



When bees visit, they could be cuckoo bees, or neighbours trying to lay their worker eggs, disrupting the small colony. Airport checks are much more chemical and careful than ours!

To bee or not to bee (again)

To bee or not to bee (again)

When will the bees and other helpful insects be protected in the same way as (some) mammals and birds? It's obvious that the fruit industries will collapse without them, so for the most selfish of reasons, we know we have to try and preserve these species. Unfortunately, there are always those who suffer from short sight, or simply greed for bigger and bigger short-term profits.

Bees know what's what

Bees know what's what

Honey bees are now carrying the flag for all invertebrates, as they prove they can solve the geometric puzzles that were given to them. However, when they thought the puzzle was too hard, the point about their cognition was that they were able to 'opt out' and fly away.

Surprise in bee reproduction

Surprise in bee reproduction



Intriguing comparisons have been made by ancient and modern philosophies about the similarities between the bee and the human. Here is a small sign than altruism is not the only source of the insect’s success.Perhaps the conservation of rare bees will be helped, too, with this discovery.

Neonicotinoids killed 50,000 bees in one parking lot

Neonicotinoids killed 50,000 bees in one parking lot

50,000 bumble bees and honey bees killed in Oregon, US. When a bee reaches a new nectar source, it shouldn't result in the death of its whole colony. We need better insecticidal controls and we all deserve better insecticides, given their catastrophic history.

Bee Death - Simple Prevention Efforts You can Do

Bee Death - Simple Prevention Efforts You can Do



Colony collapse disorder (CCD) is badly affecting bees and many of 'the bee family', so what should and can we do to help?

The bees and the butterflies are missing

The bees and the butterflies are missing

Butterflies are one of the more obvious hard-hit victims of a dire downward turn in invertebrate numbers. Insecticides combined with the predation of parasites to cause the downfall of bee and butterfly populations.

Pesticide is costly for bees, then birds, then?

Pesticide is costly for bees, then birds, then?

The way in which we have allowed concerns about neonicotinoid insecticides to go unnoticed is parallel to the Silent Spring ignorance that reigned supreme for Rachel Carson.

Cuckoo, cuckoo, new species of bee

Cuckoo, cuckoo, new species of bee

4 new species and a new genus of cuckoo bee have been discovered on the Republic of Cape Verde islands. Cuckoo bees, as their name suggests, quietly find their way into the hives of other bees and arrange the rearing of their own brood.

Pesticides Killing Bees

Pesticides Killing Bees

Without bees two-thirds of our natural crops would not be propagated but how often have we thought about the consequences of pesticide and toxic chemical use on the insect world?

Giant polyandrous bees

Giant polyandrous bees

New research done on giant honey bees (Apis dorsata). New study highlights the genetic difficulties of working with animals that mate with many partners (polyandry).

Honeybee Colony Collapse Linked to Corn Insecticide

Honeybee Colony Collapse Linked to Corn Insecticide

Honeybee colony collapse disorder threatens food security worldwide, and scientists may be one step closer to understanding its causes.

Honey bee wipeout may be caused by phorid fly

Honey bee wipeout may be caused by phorid fly

The tiny parasitic phorid fly infects honey bees as well as bumble bees and may be the cause of the mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), a new American study suggests.

Long live the queen bee

Long live the queen bee

Vitellogenin, a protein important for the health of bees has been studied to give a greater understanding of its role in their lives.

Thankfully, elephants are scared of bees

Thankfully, elephants are scared of bees

Human-Animal conflict research carried out by Dr. Lucy E. King was based on the premise that elephants, like most if us, are scared of being stung by bees. This led to an innovative beehive fence to reduce conflict between the huge mammal and the local people in Kenya.

Eleven new bee species

Eleven new bee species



James Gibbs from Cornell University has identified 11 new sweat bee species from extensive DNA analysis and specimen investigations throughout the US and Canada.

Bees Please

Bees Please

Personally speaking, a new species always delights the soul and two new stingless bees can't get up anyone's nose. David Roubik of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute thinks that changing sea levels brought a 'new' bee to western Panama before Coiba and Rancheria were separated from the mainland, presumably after an Ice Age.

Birds like it sweet, bees like it sweeter

Birds like it sweet, bees like it sweeter

MIT mathematicians delved into the arena of biology recently to explore optimization in nature. It turns out, bees are 'dippers' who feed by probing flowers with their tongues. For them, a thicker, sweeter fluid is best. But birds and butterflies draw nectar through thin tubes, and that's easier when flowers supply a thinner, less sugary fluid.

The siren call of the vine - how plants lure bats in for supper

The siren call of the vine - how plants lure bats in for supper



Plants can use more than scent and flowers to attract pollinators - an upcoming paper in Science describes how a Cuban vine uses the sound reflected off a dish-shaped leaf to pull in echo-sounding bats. Experiments show the bats are twice as likely to find nectar-laden flowers adorned with the 'echo-beacon', giving the dispersed vine more chance of a successful pollination.

The road to 'pollination heaven' is narrow - not broad

The road to 'pollination heaven' is narrow - not broad



A paper out in today's Current Biology has described how the path lined with gold - rich in natural resources - can distract animals from completing their journeys between fragments of endangered habitat. Sometimes it is better to lay paths narrow and rocky, to encourage pollinators, such as hoverflies, to keep moving between stranded natural habitats.

Warming throws flowers off schedule threatening birds and bees

Warming throws flowers off schedule threatening birds and bees

Flowers need bees and birds and bees and many species of birds need flowers, but as global warming changes the flowering calendar of mountain plants, this symbiotic relationship could fail disastrously for both parties.

Are rats and bees the solution to Africa's bushmeat problem?

Are rats and bees the solution to Africa's bushmeat problem?



With the bushmeat trade growing annually, experts recognise that innovative solutions are required to halt this illegal activity. Commercial trading in bushmeat - the meat and other parts of wild mammals, birds and reptiles - is a highly lucrative industry, particularly prevalent in central Africa. Bushmeat trading is on the rise within many central African countries

Film Review: Vanishing of the Bees

Film Review: Vanishing of the Bees

A review of the film, 'Vanishing of the Bees,' which will be shown at this year's Projecting Change festival on May 27, 2011.

Growing demand for honeybees and pollination services in the UK

Growing demand for honeybees and pollination services in the UK



Insect mediated pollination is a service provided by nature. The estimated economic value of this service stands at 15 billion euros per year in the EU. Moreover, many wild plant species, which characterise our natural and also cultural landscapes, depend on insect pollination.

Bees Need Pods

Bees Need Pods

Bees get refuelling stations with drinks of sugary water. Bees are dying all over the world in a terrible phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder. According to the book - A World without Bees, bee colonies are being wiped out and nobody is quite sure why. You want to help, but what do you do?

Taking the Plan Bee roads

Taking the Plan Bee roads



The Co-operative has launched the Pan Bee project to create a series of 'Bee Roads' across the UK to act as main routes for pollinators including bees. As part of its £750,000 Plan Bee campaign, The Co-operative will help identify and convert corridors of land to create and secure habitats for pollinators, starting in Yorkshire.

Death key to sex life of Satyrium pumilum orchid

Death key to sex life of Satyrium pumilum orchid

A South African orchid mimics the stench of corpses to draw in its pollinating carrion flies. The orchid, Satyrium pumilum targets a carrion feeding flesh fly as its pollinator and is so convincing that female flies have been seen laying eggs in the flower. In addition to its smelly perfume of decaying corpse, the interior of the flower is a mottled brown in colour that resembles rotting meat. Environmental issues: orchid/nature.

Bad news for bees and us

Bad news for bees and us

A new report shows multiple threats to the world's bee colonies, leading to worries about global food security. Scientists are warning that we need to rethink the way in which humans manage the planet if we are to feed a growing world population. Bees and other pollinators are hugely important in global food production and integral to healthy ecosystems. Filed under environmental issues: ecosystems/nature.

Bumblebees: Gone with the Wind? A Major Disappearance

Bumblebees: Gone with the Wind? A Major Disappearance



Bumblebees have been dying out all around the world for over a century. Now, scientists are gathering alarming news that these lovable, fuzzy pollinators may not be around for much longer if current statistics continue. In the past few decades scientific studies have found that increasing numbers of bumblebee colonies are disappearing.

Viral infections in native pollinators spell disaster for honey bees

Viral infections in native pollinators spell disaster for honey bees

Viruses affecting honey bees can cross over from other species of native pollinator and vice versa. The decline in pollinator populations during the past two decades has caused major concern in the agricultural and scientific community. Pollinators of all types are vital to agriculture and are responsible for the production of crops worth US$225 billion worldwide. In the United States alone honey bees account for an added market crop exceeding US$15 million.

Busy as bee? They need their rest too!

Busy as bee? They need their rest too!

Its not just humans but bees too need their rest. A recent study by the University of Texas at Austin shows that sleep-deprived honey bees also experienced communication problems. Dr. Barrett Klein, a ecology, evolution and behavior researcher at the university says that they advertised the direction to a food site less precisely to their fellow bees.

Bumblebee Paper by 8 to 10-year-olds published by Royal Society

Bumblebee Paper by 8 to 10-year-olds published by Royal Society

Biology Letters, a peer-reviewed journal of Britain's Royal Society, on Wednesday published a report (complete with colored-pencil diagrams) on how bumblebees see colors and patterns -- conducted and written by a group of 8 to 10-year-olds in Devon, England. They reported that the bees were capable of learning and remembering cues based on color and pattern -- a finding that the Royal Society called ''a genuine advance.''

Be a bee fan: New York agrees to beekeepers

Be a bee fan: New York agrees to beekeepers

New York City made beekeeping legal recently. It has changed the way residents view bees. No longer are they just pesky 'bugs'. People are now going out of their way to understand the importance of bees in the environmental and becoming avid beekeepers.The city has safety features in place to keep keepers and people safe.