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When Bees Are Buzzed, Their Behavior Changes

Posted On: October 5, 2016

When bumblebees experience rewarding stimuli, they enter a positive emotional state similar to optimism in humans, a new study reveals. The results suggest that insects may have emotion-like states, a research area that has been the subject of much inquiry in recent years. Here, Clint Perry and colleagues turned their attention to the “happiness” of Continue Reading »

Seek and You Shall Find — Bees Remain Excellent Searchers Even When Ill

Posted On: September 14, 2016

Queen Mary University of London   Honey bees are hardwired to efficiently search the landscape enabling them to continue working for the greater good of their hives even when they are sick, according to new research co-authored by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Radar technology has been used to show for the first time Continue Reading »

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: USU Biologists Unearth Sandstone-excavating Bees

Posted On: September 14, 2016

Utah State University scientists publish new findings in ‘Current Biology’ Utah State University LOGAN, UTAH, USA – In the popular nursery story The Three Little Pigs, the prudent porker who builds his house of brick is chided by his pals, who choose much easier ways to construct their respective abodes. Only later in the cautionary Continue Reading »

Insecticide Hurts Queen Bees’ Egg-laying Abilities

Posted On: September 14, 2016

U. of Nebraska research shows nicotine-based pesticide may have dramatic consequences for colonies University of Nebraska-Lincoln The world’s best-selling insecticide may impair the ability of a queen honey bee and her subjects to maintain a healthy colony, says new research led by a University of Nebraska-Lincoln entomologist. The research examined the effects of imidacloprid, which Continue Reading »

Virus Attracts Bumblebees to Infected Plants by Changing Scent

Posted On: August 12, 2016

University of Cambridge Plant scientists at the University of Cambridge have found that the cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) alters gene expression in the tomato plants it infects, causing changes to air-borne chemicals – the scent – emitted by the plants. Bees can smell these subtle changes, and glasshouse experiments have shown that bumblebees prefer infected Continue Reading »

Pesticides Used to Help Bees May Actually Harm Them

Posted On: August 9, 2016

Pesticides beekeepers are using to improve honey bee health may actually be harming the bees by damaging the bacteria communities in their guts, according to a team led by a Virginia Tech scientist. The discovery, published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology, is a concern because alterations can affect the gut’s ability to metabolize sugars Continue Reading »

Researchers Identify How Queen Bees Repress Workers’ Fertility

Posted On: August 4, 2016

University of Otago  Researchers from New Zealand’s University of Otago have discovered the molecular mechanism by which queen honey bees carefully control worker bees’ fertility. It has long been known that worker bees have a very limited ability to reproduce in a hive with a queen and brood present, but in their absence, a third Continue Reading »

Researchers Discover How Honey Bees ‘Telescope’ Their Abdomens

Posted On: July 28, 2016

Entomological Society of America This video shows the motion of a honey bee abdomen at a frequency of 500 frames per second. Credit: Entomological Society of America (Click here or on image above for video)   Honey bees are able to wiggle their abdomens in a variety of ways. Now new research published in the Continue Reading »

Deformed Wing Virus: Honeybees Threatened by a More Virulent Virus

Posted On: July 5, 2016

According to an international research group, a genetic variant of the deformed wing virus (DWV) is more dangerous to honeybees than the original virus strain. The consortium of researchers is based at Freie Universität Berlin and Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. The emerging variant could represent a threat to honeybees worldwide and is probably already widespread Continue Reading »

USDA Scientists and Beekeepers Swap Colonies to Better Bees

Posted On: June 21, 2016

By Kim Kaplan Agricultural Research Services, USDA BELTSVILLE, Md., June 21, 2016 —The U.S. Department of Agriculture‘s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Bee Research Laboratory and Geezer Ridge Farm apiary have begun an unusual partnership that may help honey bees take another step up the survival ladder. “Usually with science, researchers finish a study and Continue Reading »

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