The Habits and Traits of the Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)

The honey bee is an important pollinator of commercial crops. The honey bee, Apis mellifera, is one of several species of bees that produce honey. Honey bees live in colonies, or hives, of 50,000 bees on average. A honey bee colony consists of a queen, drones, and workers. All play roles in the survival of … More The Habits and Traits of the Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)

Urgent email traverses the globe in an attempt to rescue the bees and ourselves at the same time

The following pleading email has been sent around the world, in petitioned format, encouraging people of conscience to speak out against the potential travesty of a buy out by Bayer of Monsanto, one of the biggest chemical corporations in the world. “Breaking news: We just found out that Bayer is definitely moving forward on its … More Urgent email traverses the globe in an attempt to rescue the bees and ourselves at the same time

Male bees have more than a one-track mind

Male bumblebees are just as smart as female worker bees despite their dim-witted reputation, according to new research from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Researchers from QMUL’s School of Biological and Chemical Sciences trained male and female bumblebees to distinguish between artificial flowers that contained food and another that did not. The new study … More Male bees have more than a one-track mind

If the backyard isn’t buzzing this summer, blame it on deadly mites and the diseases they carry

If the backyard isn’t buzzing this summer, blame it on deadly mites and the diseases they carry, says Dewey Caron, the University of Delaware’s resident ‘bee guy,’ who braves apiaries from America to the Amazon, and most recently joined a team investigating major honeybee losses in the northeastern United States. Golden honeybees are essential for … More If the backyard isn’t buzzing this summer, blame it on deadly mites and the diseases they carry

Dancing hairs alert bees to floral electric fields

This is a a bumblebee covered in body hairs. Credit: University of Bristol Tiny, vibrating hairs may explain how bumblebees sense and interpret the signals transmitted by flowers, according to a study by researchers at the University of Bristol. Although it’s known that flowers communicate with pollinators by sending out electric signals, just how bees detects … More Dancing hairs alert bees to floral electric fields

No junk-food diet: Even in cities, bees find flowers and avoid processed sugars

Bees in urban areas stick to a flower-nectar diet, steering clear of processed sugars found in soda and other junk food, new research indicates. Research from North Carolina State University finds that bees in urban areas stick to a flower-nectar diet, steering clear of processed sugars found in soda and other junk food. Credit: Lauren … More No junk-food diet: Even in cities, bees find flowers and avoid processed sugars