Neonicotinoid pesticides found in 75 percent of honey worldwide

The pesticide is heavily linked with the dramatic collapse of bee populations around the world.

New Technology Could Keep Bees Buzzing for Years to Come

It’s high time we do something to protect them.

How bees might help smartphone cameras snap more natural-looking photos

They give us honey. Now, bees could offer the best Instagram photos.

Startled bees let out an adorable ‘whoop’ when a hive-mate bumps into them

They do it a lot.

Can drones replace bumblebees and stave off a food crisis?

Some scientists are already preparing for a world without bees.

Bees can feel optimism, possibly other ’emotion-like states’ as well, study finds

All it takes to make them happy is some sugar.

The US steps up for the bees, adding seven Hawaiian species the Endangered Species List

I’m buzzing with excitement.

Pesticides linked to massive bee die off, largest study of its kind confirms

Yet another study — the most important so far — finds that neonicotinoids likely wipe out bees.

A colony of bees has been discovered living in the lip of an active volcano

They face acid, lava, and ash every day.

Air pollution confuses bees and hinders foraging

Bees have a very keen sense of smell — they have to in order to survive. But air pollution is seriously plugging their ‘nostrils’.

These heavy metal bees head-bang flowers 350 time/second to release pollen

Blue-banded bees employ a head on approach to pollination, a group of researchers at Adelaide University showed. While other bees use their mandibles and wings to shake the pollen, this Australian native insect is all “no-hands” and bangs its head against the flowers 350 times per second — considerably faster than any bee noticed so far.

Farmers have been using honey bees for almost 9,000 years

Bees play a critical role in maintaining natural plant communities and ensuring production of seeds in most flowering plants. But humans too have a close relationship with bees, which spans over a history close to 9,000 years, a study found which analyzed ancient pottery. That’s a lot earlier than previous recounted evidence. Right now, however, honeybees are dying at an astonishing rate. The fact that bees have been feeding and nurturing humans for so long should only make us more humble, but also more steadfast in finding a solution.

Bees on a Caffeine Buzz

It seems bees may suffer from the same drowsy morning moods and weary fatigued afternoons as their human cousins. And it may be similarly cured with a jolt of joe.

Agricultural behaviors recorded in bees for the first time

Cristiano Menezes of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation has discovered farming behaviors in bees, adding them to the list of social insects that practice agriculture.

Airports all over the World are turning into Giant Bee Hives

Airports, some of the busiest places, are now becoming unlikely hosts for bees. Not content with mechanical winged contraptions, airports all over the world, from Germany to the US, are stepping up their sustainability game and installing apiaries. Next time you’re down the airport concourse to your gate, stop for a second and look outside. You might be in for a surprise!

In Canada bees are making hives out of plastic

Bees are one of the most intelligent insects, and their resourcefulness is well recognized. Despite bee populations as a whole are facing die-offs all around the world, most likely due to pesticides, a number of bee species show amazing adaptability. For instance, in Canadian urban environments biologists and animal behaviorists have surprised many hives which were built using an unlikely

Measuring how effective certain insects are at pollinating

We’ve written extensively about the impending global disaster triggered by the crippling of bee populations worldwide at the hand of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Just recently, I wrote an article discussing the findings of a new paper that suggests the leading factors that cause CCD are most complex than previously thought – namely, a whole brew of pesticides and fungicides have

Fluid dynamics shapes beautiful hexagon honeycombs, not the bees themselves

Honeybees are exquisite and majestic beings, which have always caught the imagination of people. Bees are typically associated with feminine energy, because they are ruled by queens, particularly with the roman goddess Venus. In some cultures, bees also represent wisdom. From a biological point of view however, bees could be definitely associated with motherhood. Without bees, a myriad of plants would

Bees use caffeine to boost memory and remember plants better

Honeybees are extraordinary animals, and for years scientists have looked at them for inspiration to develop new technologies from artificial hive mind computers to explosive detectors. Bees have been truly gifted by nature, and we’re only starting to unravel the many abilities these fantastic insects possess. Recently, researchers at Newcastle University have found that bees enjoy a good “cup of java”