The waggle dance is performed by forager bees to convey important information about food sources.
Honeybees possess one of the most complex examples of nonhuman communication. New research suggests that it is learned and culturally passed down from older to younger bees.
Scientists are learning that diversity has many perks – whether in multispecies groups of animals or human society.
A vaccine for bees may evoke images of teeny hypodermic needles, but this product works in a sophisticated way that reflects the social structure of honeybee colonies.
The report results could help explain honeybee colony deaths.
Honey bees, wild and native bees face threats from parasites, pesticides and habitat loss. Shorter winters, more extreme weather and more habitat destruction won’t help.
Honey bees have what it takes to pollinate blueberries, boosting the quality and quantity of the popular fruit.
The son of a formerly enslaved mother, Charles Henry Turner was the first to discover that bees and other insects have the ability to modify their behavior based on experience.
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.
Small hive beetles are the only species known to trick worker bees into feeding them essential food for the bee colony’s own survival and reproduction.
The varroa mite’s arrival in Australia was only a matter of time. We could benefit from one pest fighting another.
Cooperating with honeyguides has been found to increase food security. It facilitates cultural traditions and enables income or trade.
Bees offer insights into many scientific questions, from cooperating in close quarters to strategies for finding food.
The miniature brains of honeybees were able to understand the concepts of odd and even, despite only having 960,000 neurons (compared to 86 billion in humans).
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.
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.
When a bee leaves the hive for the first time to go foraging, how does she know what a flower even looks like?
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.