Many fruits, nuts and other crops rely on bees to pollinate their flowers at just the right time of year. Many farmers rent bees to get the job done at pollination time.
Honeybees receive a lot of attention, but the first North American bee to be listed as an endangered species is a wild bumble bee. Wild bees are vital pollinators, and some are declining rapidly.
Meta-analysis studies have made it possible to sort through apparently contradictory research by looking at the bigger picture.
Rather than trying to out-compete each other, flowers may work together to attract bees en masse. It's the sort of approach that is effective in the world of advertising too.
Honeybees are responsible for only a third of crop pollination in Britain.
Hoverflies are helping spread disease among the already declining bee population.
Australian bees have so far avoided the 'colony collapse' devastating hives around the world, but there's growing pressure for a ban on certain insecticides blamed for bee deaths.
Pollinating bees are among the 'natural assets' that have a greater – though less visible – impact than plastic waste on the environment.
To learn about how humans, animals and insects experience vision illusions, we had to find a way to ask bees what they saw.
While bee sting deaths are rare, bees cause more hospitalisations than any venomous creature.
Pollination in South Africa's ecosystems is extremely complex. However new advances such as pollen metabarcoding help us understand interactions between pollinators and pollen.
Elephants have the highest count of olfactory receptor genes of any species tested to date. This suggests that they may be the best smellers in the animal kingdom.
New research shows bees see a blue halo around flowers thanks to nanostructures on its petals.
Urban bees deal with what's known as "habitat patches," discontinuous patches of green like gardens, parks and ravines. Green roofs could offer relief to bees dealing with habitat fragmentation.
New research shows stingless bees will assassinate their queen if she makes the wrong royal match.
Bees sting other animals, including humans, when they think there might be a threat to their hive. But Evie, age 8, wonders if bees ever accidentally sting other bees.
Bees and home security cameras use the same complex techniques to monitor their environments.
Exposure to neonicotinoids could lead to fewer bumblebee colonies, less pollination, and ultimately to population extinctions.
Garden pollinators can turn their noses up at the flowers human eyes find most beautiful.
Here's how to take the sting out of these harmful pesticides.