An ashy mining bee (
Andrena cineraria) – one of the species believed to be on the increase.
Amid the insect extinction crisis, some species are actually increasing. Here's why that's not necessarily a good thing.
Like Dr. Seuss’ imaginary truffula trees, baobabs are endangered.
Without an array of ecosystems and species, it's tough for farmers to grow crops or ranchers to raise animals.
Wild bumble bees provide natural pollination for blueberries in North America.
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.
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Honeybees are responsible for only a third of crop pollination in Britain.
Flowers above, traps below.
Venus flytrap plants have 'traps' that snap shut on insect prey. But they also rely on insects for pollination. New research suggests how the plant avoids eating its allies.
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Pollinating bees are among the 'natural assets' that have a greater – though less visible – impact than plastic waste on the environment.
The well-being of pollinators like bees have a direct impact on our lives.
Vida van der Walt
Pollination in South Africa's ecosystems is extremely complex. However new advances such as pollen metabarcoding help us understand interactions between pollinators and pollen.
New research shows bees see a blue halo around flowers thanks to nanostructures on its petals.
Garden pollinators can turn their noses up at the flowers human eyes find most beautiful.
Bees have been living with the mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder for a decade.
It's a decade since US beekeepers first noticed that their bees were mysteriously dying. Now we know much more about Colony Collapse Disorder, raising hopes that we can turn bees' fortunes around.
They shoot, they score ... if there's a sugary reward at the end of it.
Dr. Eijiro Miyak
Collecting pollen takes a surprising amount of teamwork.
‘Bee calling hive, come in hive. We got some good stuff here…’
Tracking the flight of the bumblebee teaches us how they use plants – and how we can help them.
A hoverfly on a sunflower.
Next time you reach for the honey, spare a thought for the other vital insects that pollinate our crops.
Sunflowers contain less protein than aloe plants and bees need more of this.
Nutrition is another factor - in addition to pesticides and bee disease - that has led to the dwindling of the global bee population.
The African honeybee is more resistant to pests and pathogens than its European counterparts.
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.
After the pesticides we spray, who will be left flying?
The UK government is prepared to accept funding for studies on the risks of pesticides to bees and other pollinators from the manufacturers of the chemicals in question. Not surprisingly, this raises uncomfortable…
Honeybees may have an advantage over other pollinators – caffeine improves performance. The findings, from Newcastle University…