US farmers are planting more and more acres with seeds coated with neonicotinoid pesticides. An ecologist explains why this approach is overkill and may be doing more harm than good.
The Romans may not have had a symbol for zero, but bees understand what it means beyond just the simple assumption "there's nothing there".
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 are responsible for only a third of crop pollination in Britain.
We're in the middle of an Insectageddon. But a garden of native plants can help insects, as well as birds and other wildlife.
Hoverflies are helping spread disease among the already declining bee population.
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.
Bees need pollen to survive and grow, but not all plants can provide the right mix.
Bees and home security cameras use the same complex techniques to monitor their environments.
Garden pollinators can turn their noses up at the flowers human eyes find most beautiful.
Two large-scale studies confirm that neonicotinoid pesticides can harm bees. But the effects vary widely in different countries, suggesting that calls for a world ban would be premature.
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.
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.