Bumblebees use logic to find the best flowers
Scientists at Queen Mary, University of London and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), have discovered why bees copy each other when looking for nectar – and the answer is remarkably simple.
Wing flexibility enhances load-lifting capacity in bumblebees (w/ Video)
(Phys.org) —New research published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society B demonstrates that the secret of bumblebees' capacity for lifting relatively heavy loads lies in the flexibility of their wings. ...
Pesticide combination affects bees' ability to learn
Two new studies have highlighted a negative impact on bees' ability to learn following exposure to a combination of pesticides commonly used in agriculture. The researchers found that the pesticides, used ...
How flower density impacts bee visits
(Phys.org) —Ever wonder how the density of flowers in a patch influences the kinds of insects that visit it? Carla Essenberg, a former graduate student in the Department of Biology at the University of ...
New study confirms plight of bumble bees, persistence of other bees in Northeast
A new study shows that although certain bumble bees are at risk, other bee species in the northeastern United States persisted across a 140-year period despite expanding human populations and changing land ...
Researchers ID queens, mysterious disease syndrome as key factors in bee colony deaths
(Phys.org) —A new long-term study of honey bee health has found that a little-understood disease study authors are calling "idiopathic brood disease syndrome" (IBDS), which kills off bee larvae, is the ...
Walking in the footsteps of 19th and 20th century naturalists
Are plant-pollinator networks holding together as the insects and plants in the network are jostled by climate change and habitat loss?
Designer babies may explain insect sociality
(Phys.org)—Being able to choose the sex of their babies may be the key to the complex societies built by ants, bees, and wasps, according to Oxford University scientists.
Honey bees are more effective at pollinating almonds when other species of bees are present
(Phys.org)—Honey bees are more effective at pollinating almonds when other species of bees are present, says an international research team in ground-breaking research just published in the Proceedings of ...
Bumblebees do best where there is less pavement, more floral diversity
Landscapes with large amounts of paved roads and impervious construction have lower numbers of ground-nesting bumblebees, which are important native pollinators, a study from The University of Texas at Austin ...
Biologists design method to monitor global bee decline
A global network of people monitoring bee populations may form an early warning system alerting scientists to dangers threatening the world's food system and economies.
Researchers identify new components of the epigenetic 'code' for honey bee development
Researchers from the UK and Australia have uncovered a new element of the honeybee's genetic makeup, which may help to explain why bees are so sensitive to environmental changes.
What it is to be a queen bee?
Queen sweat bees 'choose' the role of their daughters, according to a new study published in BioMed Central's open access journal Frontiers in Zoology. The amount of food provided for the developing larvae ...
Sugar ants 'know when they're lost'
(Phys.org)—Australian sugar ants know their surroundings so well that putting them in a different place can immediately trigger a 'lost' reaction, new research shows.