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, ...
Concern over parasites affecting honey bees
Nov 15, 2016
Scientists from The University of Western Australia's Centre for Integrative Bee Research (CIBER) tagged 200 honey bee workers to find out how a highly-contagious fungal parasite (Nosema apis) impacts their ability to pollinate ...
No single protein determines queen development in honeybees
Oct 12, 2016
The proteins in the larval food of honeybees are not specific determinators to make the larvae grow into queens—that includes the protein royalactin, which had been previously claimed to be the 'queen determinator' in a ...
Researchers identify how queen bees repress workers' fertility
Aug 03, 2016
Researchers from New Zealand's University of Otago have discovered the molecular mechanism by which queen honeybees carefully control worker bees' fertility.
'Genetic super switch' separates insect boys from girls and queens from the plebs
Apr 12, 2016
Social insects such as ants, bees and wasps appear to be blessed with a genetic 'super switch' that designates both gender and their status as either a queen or worker, scientists have discovered.