Bee Antennae Offer Links Between the Evolution of Social Behavior and Communication

Princeton University As bees' social behavior evolved, their complex chemical communication systems evolved in concert, according to a study published online by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. An international team of researchers, including those from Princeton University, reported that a certain species of bees, called halictid bees, have more sensorial machinery compared with related solitary species. The difference …

Bee Health is Topic of New Pollen Research at UMass Amherst

Biologist Lynn Adler at UMass Amherst has a $1 million USDA grant to study the possible role of sunflower pollen in boosting bee health University of Massachusetts at Amherst AMHERST, Mass. - Biology professor Lynn Adler at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, an expert in pollination and plant-insect interactions, recently received a three-year, $1 million grant from a special "pollinator health" program of …

Bee Buzzes Could Help Determine How
to Save Their Decreasing Population

University of Missouri-Columbia According to recent studies, declines in wild and managed bee populations threaten the pollination of flowers in more than 85 percent of flowering plants and 75 percent of agricultural crops worldwide. Widespread and effective monitoring of bee populations could lead to better management; however, tracking bees is tricky and costly. Now, a research team led by the University …

National Monitoring Plan for Native Bees

National Monitoring Plan for Native Bees - The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has scheduled a public listening session for June 28, 2017 in Washington, DC to "... discuss a strategy to monitor native bees in the United States ..." - Specifically, the session is intended to address the following: "... Why is a national monitoring plan …

Birds, Bees and Other Critters Have Scruples,
and For Good Reason

Psychologists find examples of conscientiousness, such as working hard, paying attention to detail and striving to do the right thing, throughout the animal kingdom University of California - Berkeley   Humans are not the only species to show a strong work ethic and scruples. UC Berkeley researchers have found evidence of conscientiousness in insects, reptiles, birds, fish and other critters. In reviewing nearly …

Stingless Bees Have Specialized Guards to Defend
Their Colonies, Study Reveals

The emergence of colonies with individuals more robust and larger than other workers coincided with the appearance of "robber bees" Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo   Like ants and termites, several species of stingless bees have specialized guards or soldiers to defend their colonies from attacks by natural enemies. The differentiation of these guardian bees, which are more robust, …

Enhancing Honey Bee Nutrition Through
Collaboration, Communication

By Julie Shapiro Grabbing a meal on the go isn’t easy — and that’s true whether you’re a human or a bee. Like us, honey bees face a wide variety of challenges every day. Finding nutritious, complete meals is increasingly becoming a problem for these industrious pollinators. The rapid and recent losses of pollinator habitat and forage across North America, driven in …

Nicotine Enhances Bees’ Activity

Queen Mary University of London Nicotine-laced nectar can speed up a bumblebee's ability to learn flower colours, according to scientists at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). The researchers used artificial flowers in a tightly-monitored flight arena in the laboratory to mimic how flowering plants use animals as pollen carriers and reward pollinators with sugars found in floral nectar. The team sought …