Climate Change Threatens Domestic Bee Species

University of Würzburg There are around 550 different bee species in Germany. Most of them are solitary bees. They don't live in large beehives like the honeybee, but each female bee often builds multiple nests and feeds her offspring alone. Solitary bees use their short lifespan of a few weeks exclusively to reproduce and to provide food for their brood to …

Seeing the Colored Light:
Bee Brains Open Way for Better Cameras

Researchers discover totally new mechanism for processing color information RMIT University   (Click here or on image to the right for video) New research into the way that honeybees see colour could pave the way for more accurate cameras in phones, drones and robots.   Identifying colour in complex outdoor environments is extremely difficult because the colour of light is continuously changing. Researchers in Melbourne, Australia, looked …

Blind Beekeeper from Uganda Wins International Award to Support Blind and Low Vision Entrepreneurs

‘Hive Uganda’ Founder plans to bring honey production and beekeeping training to the blind community of Ugandaas an inaugural winner of the Holman Prize. GULU, UGANDA – June 29, 2017 – Imagine tending a beehive – or a whole farm of bees – with hundreds of thousands of buzzing, pollen-loving insects crawling all over you, stingers at the ready. Now imagine doing …

Hot Cities Spell Bad News for Bees

Bumble bees, like this one, are among the bee species most vulnerable to increases in temperature. Photo: Elsa Youngsteadt. Click to enlarge. A new study from North Carolina State University finds that common wild bee species decline as urban temperatures increase. “We looked at 15 of the most common bee species in southeastern cities and – through fieldwork and labwork – found that …

Land Use, Land Cover, and Pollinator Health:
A Review and Trend Analysis

Daniel Hellerstein, Claudia Hitaj, David Smith, and Amélie Davis A report summary from the Economic Research Service United States Department of Agriculture What is the issue? Crops that depend on pollinators account for up to one-third of total U.S. food consumption. However, honey bees and other pollinators face a variety of stressors, including diseases, insect pests, pesticide exposure, and changing landscapes. …

Simulated Honey Bees Can Use Simple Brain Circuits for Complex Learning

Bees lacking insect equivalent of the cerebral cortex may still be able to learn odors     Honey bees may not need key brain structures known as mushroom bodies in order to learn complex associations between odors and rewards, according to new research published in PLOS Computational Biology. The new findings surprised the research team because mushroom bodies are thought to be essential for …

Pollinator Extinctions Alter Structure of Ecological Networks

Field experiments show how removing a pollinator species disrupts foraging patterns Emory Health Sciences The absence of a single dominant bumblebee species from an ecosystem disrupts foraging patterns among a broad range of remaining pollinators in the system -- from other bees to butterflies, beetles and more, field experiments show. Biology Letters published the research, which may have implications for the survival of …

Potential Varroa Mite Control?

If It Smells Like a Petunia or Shampoo, It Might Be a Pesticide ARS News Service Agricultural Research Service, USDA A scent that petunias and snapdragons release to attract pollinators may be an environmentally friendly control for pests like the spotted wing drosophila fly (SWD) and the brown marmorated stink bug. Zhang is also investigating whether low doses of methyl benzoate could control Varroa …