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Topic: Bumblebees

Iowa Town Devotes 1,000 Acres Of Land To Saving Bumblebees

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

Bumblebees May Be Endangered But It’s Nothing To ‘Bee’ Worried About, Says Entomologist

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

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

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

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

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

Experienced Bumblebees Don't Share Knowledge With Newbies

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

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

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

Nicotine-Like Pesticides May Damage Wild Honey Bee Populations

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

Climate Change and Evolution Shrink Bumblebees' Tongue

Research shows climate change can cause tongue shrinkage in bumblebees. Should you be concerned?

Earth/Environment September 28, 2015

Maine Bee Census Enlists Public Help To Study Pollinators

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

Bumblebees Alter Their Flight Plans Depending On The Cargo They're Carrying

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

Climate Change Is Putting The Squeeze On Bumblebees: Will They Become Extinct?

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

Shopping District Shut Down Due To Invasion Of Bees

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

Popular Pesticide Solves Pest Problems But Stings Wild Bee Population

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

Bee-Packing? Scientists Fit Microchip Backpacks To Track Bee Behavior, Understand Pollination

Bees are being monitored using tiny backpacks so researchers can understand the causes of colony collapse disorder. How does this work?

March 26, 2015

Bumblebees Can Have False Memories, Just Like Humans

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

Bee nerd says western bumblebees recovering - what does this mean for bee populations?

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

Bumblebee species in Europe in danger of extinction, may result to $30 bn agricultural crisis: Study

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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