Amid concerns over the declining population of pollinator bees, especially bumblebees which are moving to the endangered species list, Iowa town Cedar Rapids is building a vast natural habitat in 1,000 acres to bolster bee populations.
Animals February 17, 2017
Despite bumblebees being placed in the U.S. endangered list, entomologist Jeff Whitworth at Kansas State University said there is no reason to worry about the insects going extinct. He also suggested steps that will improve the bumble bees’ population.
Animals February 1, 2017
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
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
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
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
Foraging is an essential skill for a bumblebee and it is something they should learn on their own. Newbies cannot rely on experienced bumblebees to train them, new research reports.
Earth/Environment March 22, 2016
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
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
Researchers found that wild honeybees offset neonicotinoid pesticides impact by generating more female bees. With limited male bees, the species' long-term survival is put at risk.
Animals November 19, 2015
Research shows climate change can cause tongue shrinkage in bumblebees. Should you be concerned?
Earth/Environment September 28, 2015
Citizens in Maine were encouraged to participate in the Maine Bumblebee Atlas as citizen scientists who will take census and study bees, key pollinators of important crops such blueberries amd tomatoes.
Earth/Environment August 10, 2015
When returning to the hive after foraging, bumblebees fly differently depending on whether they've collected pollen or nectar, researchers find. The load they carry affects stability and maneuverability, a study shows.
August 5, 2015
Scientists are worried by the loss of bumblebee habitats caused by global warming. There is concern the important pollinators may be headed for disaster.
Earth/Environment July 10, 2015
A swarm of bees temporarily occupied some areas in Leeds. The sight was more of a spectacle than a scare as such a phenomenon is expected to happen each year.
Earth/Environment June 26, 2015
A pesticide known as neonicotinoids, used to protect rapeseeds from flea beetles, has been found to affect the growth and reproduction of bumblebee colonies. Researchers also found the bees are not repelled by the pesticides.
Earth/Environment April 24, 2015
Bees are being monitored using tiny backpacks so researchers can understand the causes of colony collapse disorder. How does this work?
March 26, 2015
In a new study, researchers recently discovered that bumblebees have similar false memories as humans. At first, their short-term memory is good, but the bees can form false memories as short-term becomes long-term.
March 1, 2015
Has one species of bee started developing a resistance to the cause of deaths for colonies throughout the U.S. and Europe?
Animals July 1, 2014
A new study shows that almost a quarter of all European bumblebee species are at risk of extinction. Bees are a critical part of the European ecosystem and the threatened status of many bumblebees could have devastating long term effects.
Earth/Environment April 4, 2014
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