Myrmecocystus honeypot ants, showing the repletes, their abdomens swollen to store honey, above ordinary workers.
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Honey might be synonymous with bees, but they're not the only insects that come up with the goods.
A honey bee sniffs a cherry blossom.
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Pollination by commercially raised bees is important to a variety of crops but none more than California almonds. In turn, beekeepers depend on them.
Australian plants leave a unique pollen signature in our honey.
Australia's distinctive native plants give our honey a distinctive stamp. Welcome to melissopalynology: the study of pollen.
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.
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.
Leatherwood flowers give Tasmanian honey its unique taste.
Tasmania's bushfires have hurt not only the state's forests, but also the honey industry that depends on access to the region's unique trees.
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.
Life hasn’t been sweet for the honeybees lately.
New study maps the spread of 'deformed wing virus' – and it follows patterns of human trade.