Studying bee sperm is difficult because of the way it coils, but fluorescent light illuminates the head of the sperm. Sperm quality may indicate stress levels in the bee colony.
The iconic monarch butterfly has been added to the Red List of endangered species, but hasn’t received protection in the US yet. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Many people can’t get by without the buzz from their daily coffee habit.
Plus, why you should always remove grass cuttings from your lawn.
Miles of bee-friendly ‘highways’ are being linked up around the UK.
Beekeepers in British Columbia reported honeybee deaths during the 2021 heat dome. Other insects may also be at risk.
Celebrating the European honeybee is a misplaced opportunity to honour our forgotten native pollinators.
Pollen brings seasonal misery to millions of Americans, but it serves a critical purpose: fertilizing many kinds of plants, including food crops.
Huge single-crop fields attract bees in such numbers that they spread parasites to one another. Planting diverse mixes of flowers around fields helps spread out pollinators and keep them healthy.
Studies suggest that seeds coated with neonicotinoid insecticides may harm nontarget insects, mammals and birds. In response, states are starting to restrict use of these products.
Climate change is throwing plants and pollinators out of sync.
Up to 85% of the nectar available to pollinating insects in a city comes from gardens. What we plant – whether in an allotment or a window box – can make a huge difference.
Armed with smartphones, keen eyes and curiosity, students are learning to provide vital observations that add to our knowledge of the distribution of plant and animal species and how to conserve them.
A fly does some of its digesting outside its body before it even eats any food.
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.
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.
Beekeeping changes how people see and relate to the environment – there’s a lot we can learn.
Bees can perceive flower colours and hues which are invisible to us — such as those produced by reflected ultraviolet radiation.
Cities are among the harshest habitats on Earth. But when planned properly, private gardens can help improve their liveability.