Honeybees prioritize well-fed larvae for emergency queen-rearing, study finds
Jun 08, 2018
New research shows that honeybees prioritize the nutritional status of larvae when selecting for a new emergency queen.
Decoding the honeybee dance could lead to healthier hives
Jun 06, 2018
Unravelling one of the most elaborate forms of non-human communication – the honeybee's waggle dance – could help researchers better understand insect brains and make farming more environmentally friendly.
Pesticide bans might give us a buzz, but they won't necessarily save the bees
Feb 06, 2018
Public pressure is growing in Australia to ban the sale of pesticides called neonicotinoids because of their harmful effects on bees.
Stingless bees have specialized guards to defend their colonies, study reveals
May 24, 2017
Like ants and termites, several species of stingless bees have specialized guards or soldiers to defend their colonies from attacks by natural enemies.
Stingless bees have their nests protected by soldiers
Feb 23, 2017
Although stingless bees do not have a sting to fend off enemies, they are nonetheless able to defend their hives against attacks. Only four years ago it was discovered that a Brazilian bee species, the Jatai bee, has a soldier ...
Despite few taste genes, honey bees seek out essential nutrients based on floral resources
Feb 09, 2017
Despite having few taste genes, honey bees are fine-tuned to know what minerals the colony may lack and proactively seek out nutrients in conjunction with the season when their floral diet varies.
Beleaguered bees hit by 'deformed wing virus'
Feb 01, 2017
A wing-deforming virus shortens the lifespan of wild honeybees already contending with a startlingly long list of existential threats, researchers said Wednesday.
South Central Texas residents bewildered by recent bee behavior
Jan 27, 2017
Molly Keck, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist and integrated pest management specialist in Bexar County, has been receiving a number of phone calls from area residents bewildered by recent bee activity.
Pesticide poisoning stops bees from finding flowers, new research shows
Dec 13, 2016
New research published today in the journal Scientific Reports has shown how poisoning by pesticides can affect bees' spatial memories leading them to forget where they have been, making feeding less efficient and potentially ...
Honey bee teenagers speed up the ageing process of their elders
Dec 06, 2016
In honey bee colonies, a single queen is laying eggs from which thousands of worker bees are born. At a young age, workers care for the brood, then build and defend the nest and eventually, towards the end of their lives, ...