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 …

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 …

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 …

Common Pesticide Damages Honey Bee’s Ability to Fly

Study provides the first evidence that a broadly used pesticide alone can harm bee flight University of California - San Diego A honey bee (Apis mellifera) is harnessed for study on a flight mill in biology professor James Nieh's laboratory, UC San Diego. Credit: Simone Tosi Biologists at the University of California San Diego have demonstrated for the first time that a widely …

Honey Bees Have Sharper Eyesight Than We Thought

University of Adelaide Research conducted at the University of Adelaide has discovered that bees have much better vision than was previously known, offering new insights into the lives of honey bees, and new opportunities for translating this knowledge into fields such as robot vision. The findings come from "eye tests" given to western honey bees (also known as European honey bees, Apis …