A bee visits an almond flower – an essential process for almond farmers.
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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.
A honeybee (left), a scarab beetle (middle), and a fly (right) feeding on flowers of the white rock rose in a Mediterranean scrubland.
Rather than trying to out-compete each other, flowers may work together to attract bees en masse. It's the sort of approach that is effective in the world of advertising too.
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.
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.
Dr. Eijiro Miyak
Collecting pollen takes a surprising amount of teamwork.
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.
Cotton ready for harvest.
Bees and other pollinating insects are under stress worldwide. Research in South Texas shows that simple steps like planting wildflowers near fields can help pollinators and boost farmers' profits.
A hoverfly on a sunflower.
Next time you reach for the honey, spare a thought for the other vital insects that pollinate our crops.
Applying the finishing touches to some toasted chilli crickets & wild garlic hummus on rye bread.
Insects are a healthy and sustainable source of protein. It's time foodies appreciated them too.
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.
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.
Butterflies aren’t the only ones with snazzy stripes.
Ask people to describe what they associate with butterflies, and you will probably get an image of a sunny summer’s day, with a beautiful peacock drifting gently on the cooling breeze. Ask the same question…
Hang on, the bees are back.
A species of bee declared extinct in the UK almost 30 years ago is flying again – thanks in part to the efforts of farmers…
From the Himalayas to the subtropics - it appears flower colour has evolved to attract bee pollinators. Biologists from Monash…
Research in the Himalayas has investigated how flowers evolved distinctive bee-friendly colours to attract pollinators. This…
Researchers have created magnetic imitations of sunflower pollen grains. Scientists at The Georgia Institute of Technology…
Not cute, but crucial.
Recently a newspaper asked its readers to propose species that were, ecologically speaking, “useless”, such that their loss would not have any great knock-on effect on other species or biological cycles…
Honey bees are thought to be the primary pollinators, but wild insects may be better. Two new studies, one published in Science…
The pollination networks between bees and flowers are not as robust as they were 100 years ago. Based on a comparative study…