Damage confirmed

 early studies of the impacts of neonicotinoid insecticides on insect pollinators indicated consider able harm. However, lingering criticism was that the studies did not represent field-realistic levels of the chemicals or prevailing environmental conditions. Two studies, conducted on different crops and on two continents, now substantiate that neonicotinoid s diminish bee health (see the Perspective by Kerr). Tsvetkov et al. find … More Damage confirmed

China’s honey bee losses are low compared with West

  Since concern about widespread honey bee colony losses began ten years ago, there have been surveys carried out to assess winter losses in North America and many European countries. So far, the picture in China, the largest beekeeping country in the world, has been unclear. Now for the first time, information about winter losses … More China’s honey bee losses are low compared with West

Another bee species had recently been discovered

There are currently 24 species of bumblebee resident in Britain. Another, the Short-haired bumblebee (Bombus subterraneus), is currently being reintroduced after going extinct in 1988. Britain also has two extinct bumblebee species: Cullum’s bumblebee (Bombus cullumanus) last recorded on the Berkshire Downs in 1941, and the Apple bumblebee (Bombus pomorum), a short-lived establishment on the south … More Another bee species had recently been discovered

Early farmers exploited beehive products at least 8,500 years ago

Humans have been exploiting bees as far back as the Stone Age, according to new research from the University of Bristol published in Nature today.   Previous evidence from prehistoric rock art is inferred to show honey hunters and Pharaonic Egyptian murals show early scenes of beekeeping. However, the close association between early farmers and the honeybee … More Early farmers exploited beehive products at least 8,500 years ago

Bees diversify diet to take the sting out of nutritional deficiencies

While pesticides and pathogens pose clear threats to honey bee health, the need of bee colonies for balanced nutrition is gaining increasing appreciation. As colonies are kept in agricultural areas for crop pollination, they may encounter nutritional deficits when foraging predominantly on one pollen source. In California almond orchards for instance, 1.6 million colonies are … More Bees diversify diet to take the sting out of nutritional deficiencies

The mystery of vanishing honeybees is still not definitively solved

The sudden disappearances of the previous decade have been dwarfed by other pollinator problems BY SUSAN MILIUS It was one of the flashiest mysteries in the news about a decade ago — honeybee workers were vanishing fast for no clear reason. To this day, that puzzle has never been entirely solved, researchers acknowledge. And maybe it never … More The mystery of vanishing honeybees is still not definitively solved