Pesticides influence ground-nesting bee development and longevity

Study explores little-understood effects of soil exposure on subterranean colonies Results from a new study suggest that bees might be exposed to pesticides in more ways than we thought, and it could impact their development significantly. The study, published in Nature’s Scientific Reports, looks at the non-target effects of pesticides on ground-nesting bees, a group that … More Pesticides influence ground-nesting bee development and longevity

Sunflower pollen has medicinal, protective effects on bees

With bee populations in decline, a new study offers hope for a relatively simple mechanism to promote bee health and well-being: providing bees access to sunflowers. The study, conducted by researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, showed that two different species of bees fed a diet of sunflower pollen … More Sunflower pollen has medicinal, protective effects on bees

Help Protect the Birds and the Bees!

Tell the American Environmental Protection Agency to  Regulate Pesticide-Coated Seeds!!! Neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides are systemic chemicals used on dozens of crops – but did you know their most damaging and common use is as “seed coatings?” During this process, neonic pesticides are applied to seeds prior to planting. After these seeds coated in pesticides are planted, … More Help Protect the Birds and the Bees!

Pollination

Ungroomed sites correspond with flower pollen-sacs and stigmas After grooming, bees still have pollen on body parts that match the position of flower pollen-sacs and stigmas, according to a study published September 6, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Petra Wester from Heinrich-Heine-University, Germany, and colleagues. Flowers depend on pollen for pollination, and flower-visiting bees … More Pollination

In the absence of bees, flies are responsible for pollination in the Arctic region.

Most of the fauna in the Arctic region take part in pollinating, yet during the busiest flowering weeks, there’s a shortage of such services. A recent study indicates that the pollination services provided to plants and, thus, the plants’ ability to produce seeds are dependent on the timing of the blooming season, and on how … More In the absence of bees, flies are responsible for pollination in the Arctic region.

Can stress management help save honeybees?

These are honeybees foraging on sunflower. Credit: F.M. Buian, University of Udine Honeybee populations are clearly under stress–from the parasitic Varroa mite, insecticides, and a host of other factors–but it’s been difficult to pinpoint any one of them as the root cause of devastating and unprecedented losses in honeybee hives. Researchers writing in the Cell Press journal Trends … More Can stress management help save honeybees?