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.
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.
People wouldn’t last long without the countless other species we depend on for survival.
Why you shouldn’t get in a flap over reports that swarms of wasps are descending on Britain.
Plant care advice abounds on TikTok, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube – but not all of it is good. A plant expert debunks four common recommendations.
Butterflies are important pollinators. To find out how predators affect butterfly populations and diversity, butterfly decoys were used.
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.