Half of all flowering plants mostly or completely rely on animal pollinators to make seeds. A decline in pollinators could cause major disruptions in natural ecosystems.
Plants use their flower colours for ‘brand recognition’ among insects - but also work together to attract more pollinators.
Honeybees are crucial for pollinating crops and plants. They need good forage resources to do this and these resources are under threat in South Africa.
New research reveals an overlooked, but potentially significant, problem with agrochemicals and pollinators.
Bees can perceive flower colours and hues which are invisible to us — such as those produced by reflected ultraviolet radiation.
Baobab flowers have male and female parts but individual trees appear to be favouring one rather than the other. To keep tree populations healthy and fruitful, both types are needed.
Hives that travel by truck, bees paid for their pollination service, adulterated honey, economic theories based on an imaginary social organization…
Planting a garden for winter-active insects is a wonderful way to support local biodiversity. Your garden will thrive with the free pollination and pest control services the insects provide.
A diverse pollinator community is a reliable one.
EU-banned pesticides could not only threaten wild bees where they eat, but where they sleep too.
Entomologists wonder if the insects currently pollinating farmed cacao are the right ones for the task.
While you may have seen a lot of bees around lately, there’s no reason to be afraid. Some don’t sting, and others might actually be flies.
As invasive species transform the world, frontline agencies take solace that species needing unique partners can’t invade alone. A new study on figs shows they may find new partners to invade anyway.
A single colony of bees can have 60,000 bees in it. Together, they can visit up to 50 million flowers each day to collect pollen and nectar. They’re not called ‘busy bees’ for nothing!
Honey bees in the most polluted parts of an Indian city were more likely to die sooner and showed clear signs of poor health.
Urban green spaces can be a rich habitat for diverse pollinators, if they’re managed properly.
New research sheds light on the unsung heroes of pollination.
Victory gardens were popular during wartime, and have made a comeback during the current pandemic.
Insects are essential to the functioning of land and freshwater ecosystems but species populations are being lost at a rapid rate globally.
‘Bee-washing,’ marketing claims that purport to help bees, can diminish the important distinction between a honey bee and native bee.