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No Junk-Food Diet: Even in Cities, Bees Find Flowers and Avoid Processed Sugars

Posted On: May 18, 2016

(Courtesy of the North Carolina State News Services) New research from North Carolina State University finds that bees in urban areas stick to a flower-nectar diet, steering clear of processed sugars found in soda and other junk food. “Urban habitats are growing, as is urban beekeeping, and we wanted to see if bee diets in Continue Reading »


Honey Bees More Likely to Regulate Hive’s ‘Thermostat’ During Rapid Temperature Increases

Posted On: May 10, 2016

University of Colorado at Boulder Honey bees use their wings to cool down their hives when temperatures rise, but new University of Colorado Boulder research shows that this intriguing behavior may be linked to both the rate of heating and the size of a honey bee group. The findings, which were recently published in the Continue Reading »


Nation’s Beekeepers Lost 44 Percent of Bees in 2015-16

Posted On: May 10, 2016

(Courtesy of the Bee Informed Partnership) Summer losses rival winter losses for the second year running Beekeepers across the United States lost 44 percent of their honey bee colonies during the year spanning April 2015 to April 2016, according to the latest preliminary results of an annual nationwide survey. Rates of both winter loss and Continue Reading »


Starvation as Babies Makes Bees Stronger as Adults

Posted On: March 31, 2016

New insights into colony collapse disorder Arizona State University Tempe, Ariz. – A lack of adequate nutrition is blamed as one of many possible causes for colony collapse disorder or CCD — a mysterious syndrome that causes a honey bee colony to die. Parasites, pesticides, pathogens and environmental changes are also stressors believed responsible for Continue Reading »


57 Different Pesticides Found in Poisoned European Honey Bees

Posted On: March 11, 2016

A new method to detect a wide range of pesticides could help save bee populations Elsevier Amsterdam, February 10, 2016 – European honey bees are being poisoned with up to 57 different pesticides, according to new research published in the Journal of Chromatography A. A new method for detecting a whole range of pesticides in Continue Reading »


Bees ‘Dumb Down’ After Ingesting Tiny Doses of the Pesticide Chlorpyrifos

Posted On: March 2, 2016

University of Otago Honey bees suffer severe learning and memory deficits after ingesting very small doses of the pesticide chlorpyrifos, potentially threatening their success and survival, new research from New Zealand’s University of Otago suggests. In their study, researchers from the Departments of Zoology and Chemistry collected bees from 51 hives across 17 locations in Continue Reading »


Flowers Tone Down the Iridescence of Their Petals and Avoid Confusing Bees

Posted On: February 25, 2016

University of Cambridge Iridescent flowers are never as dramatically rainbow-coloured as iridescent beetles, birds or fish, but their petals produce the perfect signal for bees, according to a new study published today in Current Biology. Bees buzzing around a garden, looking for nectar, need to be able to spot flower petals and recognise which coloured Continue Reading »


Bees Abuzz Over Rapini

Posted On: February 17, 2016

By Jan Suszkiw (USDA-ARS) Popular in Italy but also grown in the United States, rapini, or broccoli raab, is a turnip-like vegetable featured in the recipes of cable television’s top celebrity chefs. Foodies are not the only fans of rapini. Honey bees love it too, for its bright yellow, pollen-packed flowers. Studies by Agricultural Research Continue Reading »


EPA Opens Public Comment Period on the First of Four Preliminary Risk Assessments for Insecticides Potentially Harmful to Bees

Posted On: January 15, 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has opened the 60-day public comment period for its preliminary pollinator risk assessment for imidacloprid, a neonicotinoid insecticide, in a Federal Register notice published today. After the comment period ends, the EPA may revise the pollinator assessment based on comments received and, if necessary, take action to reduce risks from the insecticide. Continue Reading »


EPA Releases the First of Four Preliminary Risk Assessments for Insecticides Potentially Harmful to Bees

Posted On: January 7, 2016

First-of-its-kind assessment delivers on President Obama’s National Pollinator Strategy WASHINGTON– The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a preliminary pollinator risk assessment for the neonicotinoid insecticide, imidacloprid, which shows a threat to some pollinators. EPA’s assessment, prepared in collaboration with California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation, indicates that imidacloprid potentially poses risk to hives when the Continue Reading »


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