Every new batch of bees needs the equivalent of eight hectares of lavender fields to prosper.
Two new studies have linked controversial pesticides neonicotinoides to wild bee and butterfly declines.
Honey bees, which pollinate many valuable crops, are threatened by parasites, pesticides and development. But selective breeding, more benign pesticides and better nutrition could help turn the tide.
Honey bees are in decline and the current method of keeping them can be disruptive to a colony. But new designs allow beekeepers to monitor a hive remotely, even sniff out disease and pests.
To understand why insects sting and why the stings of such tiny animals hurt so much, we first needed a way to measure the pain they cause. So I created a sting pain index.
Bees, wasps and ants – a group known as Hymenoptera – can claim the title of deadliest insects. How did they evolve to be so painful?
It's difficult to individually track tiny insects but researchers think they've found a way to harness a bee's own energy.
Nutrition is another factor - in addition to pesticides and bee disease - that has led to the dwindling of the global bee population.
The way the Africa honeybee's deal with parasites and pathogens can teach western beekeepers and researchers how to adapt their bees to fight diseases.