Tiny hairs cover the bodies of honeybees — including this one dusted in pollen — that allow them to detect molecular “fingerprints” similar to how home security sensors work.
Bees and home security cameras use the same complex techniques to monitor their environments.
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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.
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Here's how to take the sting out of these harmful pesticides.
When is red not red, or blue not blue? How bees interpret colour is vital for finding the right flowers.
Extra "eyes" on top of bee heads help them see colours the same way under all light conditions. And it's an approach that could help us design better cameras.
Beekeeping cannot depend on a single forage source. This makes the business of ensuring bees have what they need to stay healthy a precarious business.
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.
Ladybugs stop pests from eating our food and destroying crops.
Small animals are the fabric of the world around us. Without them everything would crumble.
Every new batch of bees needs the equivalent of eight hectares of lavender fields to prosper.
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.
No, I can’t see the supermoon either.
Planet Earth's bears have nothing on these critters.
Insects developed technology long before we did, so perhaps they can show us how to use it without damaging the planet.
Native bees are just some of the wildlife found in your backyard.
Whether you live in an urban apartment or a rural homestead, your outdoor area is more than just a private space. It's a thriving ecosystem.
Hoverflies have evolved to trick predators into thinking they have a sting in the tail – but the predators have fought back.
Honeybees aren’t the only wildlife affected by pesticides – wild bees and butterflies also feel the effect.
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Two new studies have linked controversial pesticides neonicotinoides to wild bee and butterfly declines.
‘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.
New research shows that street lighting changes the activity of moths, and is likely to disrupt nocturnal pollination.
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.