Adhesive formed from bee spit and flower oil could form basis of new glues.

Honey bees spend hours each day collecting pollen and packing it into tidy bundles attached to their hind legs. But all of that hard work could instantly be undone during a sudden rainstorm were it not for two substances the insect uses to keep the pollen firmly stuck in place: bee spit and flower oil. … More Adhesive formed from bee spit and flower oil could form basis of new glues.

Pollinator friendliness can extend beyond early spring.

A study out of the University of Arkansas investigated whether bulbs can flower and persist in warm-season lawns while providing nutrition for pollinating insects. Michelle Wisdom, Michael Richardson, Douglas Karcher, Donald Steinkraus, and Garry McDonald sought to determine the parameters by which bulbs can survive and be serviceable beyond their peak seasons. Their findings are … More Pollinator friendliness can extend beyond early spring.

Study shows EU pesticide ban failing to protect suburban bees.

Bees living in suburban habitats are still being exposed to significant levels of pesticides despite the EU ban on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides on flowering crops, new research from University of Sussex scientists shows. While the introduction of new EU restrictions on the use of neonicotinoid chemicals five years ago has reduced exposure of … More Study shows EU pesticide ban failing to protect suburban bees.

Stronger pesticide regulations likely needed to protect all bee species, say studies.

Pesticide regulations designed to protect honeybees fail to account for potential health threats posed by agrochemicals to the full diversity of bee species that are even more important pollinators of food crops and other plants, say three new international papers co-authored by University of Guelph biologists. As the global human population grows, and as pollinators … More Stronger pesticide regulations likely needed to protect all bee species, say studies.

Australian bee sting vaccine trial holds promise against allergic reactions.

Most people have probably been stung by a bee and while it can be painful, it’s especially dangerous for the many that are at risk of suffering a life threatening allergic reaction. Australian researchers have successfully completed a human trial on a vaccine designed to eliminate the risk of a severe allergic reaction to European … More Australian bee sting vaccine trial holds promise against allergic reactions.

Pesticide exposure causes bumblebee flight to fall short.

Bees exposed to a neonicotinoid pesticide fly only a third of the distance that unexposed bees are able to achieve. Flight behaviour is crucial for determining how bees forage, so reduced flight performance from pesticide exposure could lead to colonies going hungry and pollination services being impacted. Foraging bees are essential pollinators for the crops … More Pesticide exposure causes bumblebee flight to fall short.