Beekeeper inspecting a frame of honeycomb.
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.
When elephants venture into human settlements, they cause significant damage to crops and property.
Elephant numbers are increasing in parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Their search for food is leading them into conflict with farmers living adjacent to game parks. Bees could prove to be the answer to the problem.
Life hasn’t been sweet for the honeybees lately.
New study maps the spread of 'deformed wing virus' – and it follows patterns of human trade.
These workers are working on behalf of their queen. But why?
It's long been a mystery how queen bees stop their workers from laying eggs. The solution comes from understanding a gene we call Anarchy.
A hoverfly on a sunflower.
Next time you reach for the honey, spare a thought for the other vital insects that pollinate our crops.
Some of the most common painful stingers in the Australian bush are bulldog ants of the genus
Bees, wasps and ants – a group known as Hymenoptera – can claim the title of deadliest insects. How did they evolve to be so painful?
A beekeeper uses smoke to calm bees in a Langstroth hive.
Bees and humans share a long history. But now bee populations are in a worrying decline. So can beekeeping teach us how to live in harmony with the world's most famous pollinator?
It's difficult to individually track tiny insects but researchers think they've found a way to harness a bee's own energy.
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.
Dam useful: what have beavers done for you lately?
Listing the value of bees, beavers and others on the pages of the world's financial press helps to show that ecosystems deliver benefits worth staggering amounts of money - yet we scarcely keep track of it.
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.
A painting from Botha’s Shelter in the Ndedema Gorge in the Drakensburg, said to be home to a rich tapestry of San art and life.
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Formlings are representations of flying termites and their underground nests. They are associated with botantical subjects considered by the San to have great spiritual significance.
Animal attacks have been in the news a lot. Late last year, a 22-year-old student in New Jersey was killed by a black bear he had been photographing. This summer, swimmers off the coast of North Carolina…
Insects are key to holding the food chain together. Without them, much of what we eat today won’t exist.
Without insects the food chain would diminish and we would have very little fruit and vegetables to eat.
A honeybee in the Cape region where the American Foulbrood disease is having devastating effects.
American Foulbrood is causing serious damage to the bee population in the Western Cape.
Not all bees are honeybees. This is a green ‘sweat’ bee.
Data from all over the globe suggest that bees are in decline, and we may lose a lot more than honey if bees are unable to cope with the changing climate and increasing demand for agricultural land.
Research shows monocultures of crops - such as this canola field - can be bad for the environment.
Monocultures - vast expanses of a single crop - may look pretty, but mounting research shows they are likely bad for environment. And in turn that's bad news for farms as well.
Who said bees only come in yellow and black?
Meet some of the weird and wonderful bees that don't bumble or make honey.
Photo credit: dnydick
There's a battle going on in your garden between invasive and valuable domestic pollinators. Here's how to tilt the fight in favor of our humble bumble bee.
True Australians: hard workers, quiet achievers and generally underappreciated labourers.
Insects are largely hidden from view or maligned unfairly, but they make a tremendous contribution to the Australian economy.