Jazz is Music to His Ears, But So Are the Bees

Kathy Keatley Garvey UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology He's been beekeeping and playing the clarinet for 69 years. Meet Norman Gary, a UC Davis emeritus professor of entomology who retired in 1994 after a 32-year academic career.  As an apiculturist and researcher, he authored scores of peer-reviewed publications, and most recently wrote a how-to-book, The Honey Bee Hobbyist: the Care and Keeping …

Bees Use Multiple Cues in Hunt for Pollen

University of Exeter   Bees use a variety of senses and memory of previous experiences when deciding where to forage for pollen, research by the University of Exeter suggests. The researchers believe pollen-collecting bees do not base their foraging decisions on taste alone, but instead make an "overall sensory assessment" of their experience at a particular flower. Bees typically do not eat pollen when …

Hawaiian Study Highlights a New Threat to Bees Worldwide

Earlham Institute, Norwich, England   Particularly under threat are honey bees, which are as vital to our food systems as the crops they pollinate, and which are prone to a range of emergent diseases including Moku and Deformed wing virus (DWV). The Moku virus was identified on Moku Island in Hawaii through a collaboration of institutes with complementary expertise. Purnima Pachori of the Platforms …

When Bees Are Buzzed, Their Behavior Changes

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 bumblebees, trying to gauge whether …

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

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 that bees remain nimble and able to …

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

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 tale does the reader discover the benefits …

Insecticide Hurts Queen Bees’ Egg-laying Abilities

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 belongs to a popular class of nicotine-based …