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First Time In The US: Bumblebee Species Enters Endangered Species List

For the first time in American history, a bumblebee species, namely the rusty patched bumblebee, has been added to the endangered species list with an astonishing decline over the years.

Animals January 11, 2017

9 New Species Of Desert Bees Identified, One ‘Ant-like’ In Appearance

Some nine species of desert bees have been discovered by researchers from the Utah State University. Belonging to the vast genus Perdita, the new bees are part of the desert bees of United States, in which the researchers found ant-like males as a peculiarity.

Animals December 27, 2016

Training The Trainer: Scientists Discover Bumblebees Can Be Trained, Pass On Learned Ability To The Colony

Bees are complex little creatures. In a recent study, scientists saw that it’s possible to train bees and they have the ability to pass on what they’ve learned to the benefit of their colonies.

Animals October 5, 2016

Good Food Puts Bees In Good Mood

New research suggested that dopamine-induced sucrose doses fed to bumblebees can improve their behavior and create a state comparable to humans' positive emotions, suggesting similar basic cognitive wirings.

Animals October 4, 2016

Bees Among 49 Plant And Animal Species In Hawaii Added To Endangered Species List

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated 49 species of animals and plants to endangered status. Of these, 48 are endemic to Hawaii including the seven species of yellow-faced bees.

Animals October 4, 2016

Hawaii Yellow-Faced Bees To Receive Protection Under Endangered Species Act

Seven species of yellow-faced bee that are native to Hawaii received federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. The listing is the first for any bee in the U.S.

Animals September 30, 2016

Honey Could Be Used On Medical Devices To Fight Deadly Hospital Infections

Manuka honey can reduce the ability of deadly bacteria such as those that cause urinary tract infection to form into sticky layers that harbor infection. Honey diluted with water may help fight hospital acquired infections.

Public Health September 27, 2016

Rusty-Patched Bumblebees May Soon Join List Of Endangered Species

Wildlife officials in the United States have proposed to place the rusty-patched bumblebee under the protection of the Endangered Species Act. If it happens, the bumblebee will be the first bee species to achieve this status.

Animals September 26, 2016

California Park Bee Attack Sends Three People To Hospital

Thousands of bees stung people at a suburban park in California. It is not known what triggered the attack but the insects stung 20 people, three of whom were sent to the hospital.

Animals September 5, 2016

18-Year Study Finds Link Between Neonicotinoid Pesticides And Decline Of Bee Populations

A new study that involved 60 species of bees and used field data spanning 18 years supported findings of earlier smaller studies. The insecticide neonicotinoid is linked to population decline in bees.

Animals August 17, 2016

Swarm Of Bees Escapes Hives, Attacks Shoppers In Walmart Parking Lot

A swarm of thousands of bees escaped and stung people in a Walmart parking lot. Three people were hospitalized as a result of the bee attack.

Animals August 7, 2016

Humans And Wild Birds Strike A Deal To Hunt For Honey And Wax

A bird species in Africa known as honeyguides have been known to attract human honey-hunters through a special call. Now, a new study revealed that the relationship between humans and honeyguides is fostered by a two-way communication.

Animals July 22, 2016

Pokédex Update: Scientist Names New Bee Species In Chile After Charizard

If you discovered a new species, what would you call it? One scientist lets the Pokémon fan in him come out, naming one of the bees he discovered in Chile after Charizard.

Animals July 7, 2016

National Pollinator Week: Here's How You Can Attract Bees And Butterflies To Your Garden

Celebrate National Pollinator Week (June 20-26) by turning your backyard into a suitable habitat for pollinators. Find out how you can attract more bees and butterflies to your garden through these quick and easy steps.

Animals June 22, 2016

Special Genes Allow Parasitic Bees To Reproduce Even Without Males

These honeybees don't need male drones to reproduce and literally rule over foreign nests. Scientists found that special genes allow an isolated honeybee population in South Africa to reproduce asexually and invade other colonies.

Animals June 11, 2016

Bees Get Highest Concentration Of Pesticides From Homes

Bees that live near crop plants such as corn and soybean still spend more time getting pollen from gardens and trees. This exposes the pollinators to chemicals often used by homeowners.

Animals June 1, 2016

Fuzzy Little Bumblebees Can Sense Weak Electric Fields From Flowers

Bumblebees are fuzzy for a reason: researchers say the blanket of hair that covers these little insects actually help them detect weak electric fields from flowers. This is very crucial in pollination.

Animals May 31, 2016

Beekeepers Lost 44 Percent Of Honeybee Colonies In Just One Year: What Can Be Done?

Annual survey of beekeepers showed a 44 percent decline in honeybee colonies. Several factors are blamed for the honeybee loss, including varroa mite infestation and pesticide use.

Animals May 11, 2016

New Computer Model Inspired By Honeybees Could Help Improve Flying Robots

How do bees really see? A new computer model helps determine one component in the bees' vision - speed - which may help designers improve flying robots and drones.

Animals May 9, 2016

Varroa Mite Infestation In US Worse Than Previously Believed: Multi-Year Study

Varroa mite infestations in the United States have become worse than previously thought, a new multi-year study revealed. Varroa mites are becoming more and more abundant, researchers said.

Animals April 27, 2016

Starvation Of Baby Bees Helps Them Become Stronger Adults

Starving honey bees when they are in their larval stage apparently proves beneficial to them as well as the larger ecosystem. Starved bee larvae grow to become resilient pollinators in the global food chain.

Animals April 2, 2016

With Bees Disappearing, Will Springtime Bring Colonies Of The Pollinating Insects Back?

Honeybees die off each winter, culling colonies on an annual basis. Will populations of the flying insects be able to make a comeback this spring?

Earth/Environment March 28, 2016

Honey Nut Cheerios Removes Famous Mascot From Packaging To Raise Awareness For Declining Bee Population

Buzz, the bee mascot of Honey Nut Cheerios, will be missing from the boxes of the General Mills Canada brand. The campaign is to help bring awareness to the global declining bee populations and to encourage people to plant wildflowers.

Internet Culture March 16, 2016

Low Levels Of Pesticide Still Affect Bees' Ability To Find Flowers

In a new study, even low levels of neonicotinoid pesticides made it hard for bumblebees to learn and remember. This disrupted their foraging behavior, which is crucial for their pollination services and in turn the world's food crops and wild plants.

Earth/Environment March 15, 2016

Pesticide 'Dumbs Down' Bees, Causes Deficits In Memory And Learning

Honeybees have it tough out there. Researchers have found that the pesticide chlorpyrifos, used for protecting crops against mites and insects, causes memory and learning deficits when ingested, even in minute amounts.`

Earth/Environment March 3, 2016

Mass Extinction Of Insect Pollinators Threatens Global Food Crops: How Science Saves Dwindling Bee, Butterfly Populations

Insect pollinators are crucial to the world's food production, but they are currently facing near-extinction. Despite the dwindling numbers of bees and butterflies, experts believe that these insect species can be saved.

Animals February 29, 2016

Declining Number Of Bees, Butterflies Threatens Global Food Supply: UN Report

A new U.N. report warns that many species of bees and pollinating insects are fast becoming extinct, threatening the stability of the global food supply. The problem is possibly caused by a variety of factors, including monoculture, neonicotinoids and other threats to pollinators.

Animals February 27, 2016

Toronto To Become First Bee City In Canada

Residents of Toronto are lobbying to have the city declared as the first Bee City in Canada to help advance efforts to save local bee populations from extinction. The city currently has several apiaries in place that are being taken care of by local beekeeping communities.

Earth/Environment February 27, 2016

Global Trade Spurs Decline In Honeybee Populations: What Humans Can Do To Save These Insect Pollinators

The rapid decline of honeybee populations has severe economic and ecological consequences. This is why experts and officials are drawing up strategies to stop the spread of the disease threatening the bees.

Animals February 6, 2016

Lithium-ion Battery Electrodes Created Using Bee, Cattail Pollens

Bee and cattail pollens could be used to create a new generation of lithium-ion batteries, according to researchers from Purdue University. How were they created?

Animals February 6, 2016

US Crops Dwindling From Declining Honeybee Population: Here's How You Can Help From Your Own Home

The bee population is threatened and humans are next if things keep going the way they are now. Find out all about the crisis and what you can do about it in your own simple way.

Earth/Environment December 28, 2015

Wild Bee Populations Least Abundant In US Agricultural Regions Where Crop Pollination Most Needed

Wild bee populations have declined in areas where they are needed the most. The supply versus demand in the pollinators and crops showed an ironic trend as per analysis of a wide range of bee population data.

Animals December 22, 2015

Blue-Banded Bees Headbang To Get Pollen From Flowers

What is the Aussie blue-banded bee's secret to successful pollination? Hardcore head-banging, of course. A new study revealed these native bees actually bang their heads on flowers to shake off pollen.

Earth/Environment December 16, 2015

Non-Bee Insects Provide Insurance Against Bee Population Decline: Study

The use of insecticides that spare bees are detrimental to other non-bee insects. A team of international researchers says that other insects are as important as bees in crop pollination.

Earth/Environment December 1, 2015

Gardeners Encouraged To Plant More Flowers To Help Bees Survive

Not all gardeners are cut out for beekeeping, but the long-term health of bees and other pollinators is considered everyone’s concern. Here are tips for gardeners to ensure excellent plant-honeybee relationships and bee well-being.

Animals November 25, 2015

Exposure Of Bees To Neonic Pesticides Linked To Poorer Apple Crops

Exposure to a certain pesticide commonly used on apple trees can decrease bumblebee effectiveness in pollinating trees. This is then linked to fewer seeds and overall poorer fruit quality

Animals November 19, 2015

Insects Inspire Lenses That Can See Almost Twice As Much As The Human Eye

The new microlenses will be used as surgical tools and in security cameras, but could be adapted for many applications.

November 6, 2015

Scientists to Breed Genetically Modified Bees: Here's Why

A bee genome project at the University of British Columbia will allow scientists to breed made-for-Canada-honeybee that can resist pests and disease. This is to greatly accelerate selective breeding and ensure continuing benefits for the agricultural sector and food security.

Animals November 6, 2015

Scientists Use Genetics To Breed Honeybees Resistant To Disease, Harsh Winters

Scientists were awarded $7.3 million to come up with a way to breed disease-resistant honeybees that could also survive harsh winters. The researchers would apply the principles of genetics and use genomics and protein markers as part of the project.

Earth/Environment November 5, 2015

Beer Could Save the Disappearing Population Of Bees

The population of honeybees can be saved from continuously disappearing by using a main ingredient found in beer on the honeycomb. Beekeepers are hopeful that they can fight one of the causes of bee mortality—the varroa destructor.

Earth/Environment October 27, 2015

Large European Hornets Attack, Sting Man 37 Times

David Williams-Jones, a 42-year-old from Newport, said he accidentally stood on a nest and was attacked by large European hornets while visiting Kenfig National Nature Reserve. He was with Harvey, his 10-year-old son, during the incident.

Animals October 26, 2015

High-Definition Video Of Spider Crickets Serves As Blueprint For Tiny Robots

The insects have evolved to sail through the air and land in amazingly efficient ways. That is perfect for robots involved in disaster relief.

FUTURE TECH October 22, 2015

Diesel Fumes Hamper Ability Of Bees To Find Food

Researchers found that the sense of smell of bees, which the insects use to find food, may be impaired due to diesel fumes. A form of diesel exhaust was found to chemically alter floral odors thus affecting the pollinators.

Earth/Environment October 20, 2015

Bees Love Caffeine And This Is How It Affects Their Foraging Behavior

Caffeine is found by previous studies to make honey bees learn and remember their routes to the correct flower better. But it can also lead to return to lower-quality forage every time - serving the interests of plants, not the pollinators.

October 19, 2015

RoboBee Miniature Robot Can Swim In Water And Turn Into Submarines

Creators of RoboBee, which is a miniature bee robot, claimed that their invention can also swim and transform into a submarine. The researchers discovered that flying and swimming are actually very similar in mechanisms.

October 6, 2015

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