Japanese researchers have created insect-sized drones, which have horsehairs on their backs and a special gel, to potentially help bees pollinate plants. This may usher in automated pollination methods amid bee population declines.
Animals February 10, 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
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
Researchers have found a new method that can detect pesticides in bees and help scientists tackle the problem of honeybee population decline worldwide. They analyzed 200 pesticides simultaneously and detected a number present in poisoned honeybees.
Earth/Environment March 13, 2016
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
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
Honey bees are taking mysterious flights into the night only to turn up dead the next morning. Scientists found that zombie fly infestation is responsible.
Society October 13, 2015
Parasitic flies laying eggs inside honeybees cause the bees to become zombie-like and abandon their hives, researchers find. Finding adds to concern over colony collapse disorder, they suggest.
Earth/Environment October 12, 2015
Queen bees naturally immunize their colonies against disease, a new study reveals. How could this possibly work?
August 1, 2015
Honeybees are disappearing, and now it seems stress may be leading to their deaths. How could this happen?
June 25, 2015
Parasitic mites trick their way into beehives by smelling exactly like a bee, researchers find. The result is an 'arms race' based on chemical mimicry by the mites versus the bees' evolving ability to detect them, they say.
Animals June 4, 2015
Declines in pollinators such as bees and butterflies are seen as a threat to the nation's food supply. A federal plan lays out a multipronged strategy to protect them.
Earth/Environment May 19, 2015
Honeybee numbers are dropping fast. While no one is sure yet what the exact causes are, everyone is in agreement that losing bees will gravely affect life on Earth.
Earth/Environment May 17, 2015
Bee populations declined more than 40 percent from 2014 to 2015. What is driving this loss of insects?
Earth/Environment May 13, 2015
Are neonicotinoid insecticides acting as drugs for bees? What could this mean in the search for answers to explain the disappearance of the insects?
Earth/Environment April 22, 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
Beekeepers say, if the problems persist, it could ultimately hurt the national food supply.
Earth/Environment March 19, 2015
Researchers look at queen bees, vital to the functioning and health of any bee colony. Study finds their internal gut microbial community is completely different to that of worker bees.
Earth/Environment March 12, 2015
Environmental stressors that push honeybees out of the hive when too young may be behind widespread collapse of bee colonies, researchers say. Deaths of young bees can lead to domino effect in hive's tightly structured social order, they say.
February 10, 2015
Bees prefer certain flowers over others, and as those flowers disappear, so do the bees which visit them, a new study reveals.
November 25, 2014
The RoboBees created by a team of researchers from Harvard University are currently under development to be able to pollinate crops. The RoboBees will help against the rapidly declining honeybee population.
Robotics August 4, 2014
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
Neonicotinoids could be killing off bees, and many other lifeforms, according to a new meta-analysis of the effect of the powerful insecticide.
Earth/Environment June 26, 2014
Colony Collapse Disorder, leading to mass deaths of bees, were down last year. But, what is responsible for the killing?
Earth/Environment May 18, 2014
Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) was down last winter, but biologists are still worried. Here's why.
Animals May 16, 2014
The disappearance of honeybees may be due to pesticides, according to a new Harvard study.
Animals May 11, 2014
Two insecticides and the effects of cold winters linked to honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder. The colder the winter, the greater the impact of the chemicals, researchers find.
Earth/Environment May 10, 2014
Fossils of bees from the La Brea Tar Pits are offering clues to the climate during the Ice Age. Is modern-day colony collapse disorder (CCD) trying to tell humans something as well?
Earth/Environment April 11, 2014