Bees are dying at an incredible rate, and we’re all screwed because of it. But instead of thinking about all that doom and gloom, why not take a look at these photos of a massive swarm stuck to some poor woman’s car and thank your lucky stars it wasn’t yours.
We know that some bee larvae develop into queens and other bee larvae develop into workers because they were fed differently. Until now we didn’t know what “ingredient” in the food made queens. It turns out to be not an additive but an absence that makes workers.
He looks like a bumble bee, but this is Xylocopa virginica, the Virginia Carpenter Bee. While females have a stinger, the males don’t, but they do step to other males who invade their turf, watching over females and young. “Carpenter” comes from the bees’ nesting habits: they tunnel into wood to lay eggs.
OK, technically pollen isn’t sperm–it’s the tissue that makes sperm. But there’s sure a lot of it caught in this bee’s hair. There’s so much packed on her back legs that it makes them look like puffy pantaloons.
A senior reserves officer was walking through England’s Northamptonshire’s Pitsford Water Nature Reserve when she spotted what appeared to be a plastic bag caught in some tree branches. But on closer inspection it was bee hive — but without its typical external casing.
A Texas man died last week when he was attacked by a massive swarm of bees when he hit a pipe containing their hive. According to ABC News, the man fled nearly a hundred meters before being overwhelmed.
Worker bees are mindless, cooperative robots who stick to their hives their entire life... with one exception. One study of the large-earth bumblebee discovered worker bees were raising drones that somehow contained the genes of different hives. So where did they come from?
The next time you're driving, you might want to be on the lookout for bees. If you see one or two, no big deal. But if you see two million of them cruising down the highway, hanging out on the back of a flat-bed truck, congratulations — you've witnessed someone doing the unique job of bee transporter.
Who needs paint and canvas when you can use bees and honeycombs? Such is the thinking of Chinese artist Ren Ri, whose amazing maps are now on display at Hong Kong's Pearl Lam Gallery.
In order to make use of fields that can't be legally built on, airports are turning to beehives. European airports use the bee products to monitor pollutant levels, with Malmo airport's data consistently showing levels of heavy metals, volatile organic hydrocarbons and polyaromatic hydrocarbons well below European…
Honey. We've all heard about the bee disappearance and wondered whether we'd be seeing a honey shortage. Well, here's another reason to be worried about the sweet, sweet bee juice: honey laundering.
For the first time ever, scientists have observed interspecies warfare in bees — a spectacular natural phenomenon involving prolonged aerial battles and kamikaze attacks that result in thousands of fatalities in both attacking and defending colonies.
This is why keeping our bee populations healthy is so important. A new study looking at rates of crop dependence on pollinators and global malnutrition found that those areas most dependent on pollinators are also the areas most in danger of nutrient deficiencies, especially in Vitamin A and iron.
As our bee populations dwindle, could we also be facing down the prospect of a honey shortage?
Entomologist May Berenbaum is here today to take our questions about bees, their recent decline, and what we can expect from our pollinators in the future.
A study released today offers evidence that neonicotinoids, the same pesticides associated with honeybee deaths, are now flowing into our water supplies. Neonicotinoids are a kind of insecticide that some scientists say could be causing colony collapse disorder, which endangers bees and agricultural plants alike.
A class of pesticides linked to colony collapse disorder in bee colonies has now been linked to a dramatic decline in insectivorous bird populations. Disturbingly, this could also mean that other animals along the food chain are at risk as well.
This video of a bumblebee "helping" a friend out of a spider web has been making the Internet rounds recently. The narrator asks for "experts" to tell us what's happening. And Dave Goulson, Professor of Biology at the University of Sussex answered the call.