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Worker Bees Know When To Invest In Their Reproductive Future

Worker Bees Know When To Invest In Their Reproductive Future

Springer Reproductive cycle triggered when colonies reach 4,000 members When a colony of honeybees grows to about 4,000 members, it triggers an important first stage in its reproductive cycle: the building of a special type of comb used for...

Latest Bee Stories

2014-08-19 23:02:34

But These Bees Were Invited to Stay, as Environmentally Friendly Guests of the New Mexico Resort Santa Ana Pueblo (PRWEB) August 19, 2014 Bees can bring to mind sci-fi like headlines, and thoughts of painful stings. In reality honeybees are important contributors to the many fruits and vegetables that we eat. Earlier this summer, Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa added two colonies containing 20,000 bees each to its grounds, furthering Tamaya’s mission of being an environmentally...

2014-08-17 23:00:43

Spelling bee competitions are not for schoolchildren only, it can be as big a challenge for adults as for kids - and as fun, too. eReflect shares some news to confirm that spelling bee competitions are appropriate for all ages, and a good competitive sport for children and adults alike. New York City, NY (PRWEB) August 18, 2014 People associate spelling and learning to spell with school lessons, and children struggling to spell “accommodate” and “knew” correctly. eReflect asserts...

Bumblebees Able To Spot Which Flowers Offer Best Rewards
2014-08-01 03:55:22

University of Exeter Bumblebees are able to connect differences in pollen quality with floral features, like petal color, and so land only on the flowers that offer the best rewards, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Exeter. Unlike nectar, bees do not ingest pollen whilst foraging on flowers, and so until now it has been unclear whether they are able to form associative relationships between what a flower looks like and the quality of its pollen. The study...

New Study Shows How Honey Bees Stay Cool
2014-07-28 03:29:54

Tufts University Honey bees, especially the young, are highly sensitive to temperature and to protect developing bees, adults work together to maintain temperatures within a narrow range. Recently published research led by Philip T. Starks, a biologist at Tufts University's School of Arts and Sciences, is the first to show that worker bees dissipate excess heat within a hive in process similar to how humans and other mammals cool themselves through their blood vessels and skin. "This...

Radio Frequency ID Tags Attached To Honey Bees Reveal Hive Dynamics
2014-07-25 03:12:10

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Scientists attached radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags to hundreds of individual honey bees and tracked them for several weeks. The effort yielded two discoveries: Some foraging bees are much busier than others; and if those busy bees disappear, others will take their place. The findings are reported in the journal Animal Behaviour. [ Watch The Video: Hive Intelligence: How Honey Bees Adjust To Catastrophic Loss ] Tagging the...

Bees Tongue Size Matters For A Good Relationship With Flowers
2014-07-17 03:12:23

Ecological Society of America For bees and the flowers they pollinate, a compatible tongue length is essential to a successful relationship. Some bees and plants are very closely matched, with bee tongue sized to the flower depth. Other bee species are generalists, flitting among flower species to drink nectar and collect pollen from a diverse variety of plants. Data on tongue lengths can help ecologists understand and predict the behavior, resilience and invasiveness of bee populations....

Local bees manage better than imported bees
2014-07-15 05:26:06

Janne Hansen - DCA - Danish Centre For Food And Agriculture, Aarhus University Honey bees with roots in the local environment manage much better in the struggle for survival than imported honey bees from foreign environments. A world without bees would be a whole lot poorer – literally. In Denmark alone an additional 600 million to 1 billion Danish kroner are earned annually due to the work done by bees making honey and pollinating a wide range of crops from apples to cherries and...

Pesticide Use Is Impairing Bees' Abilities To Forage For Pollen
2014-07-10 07:26:46

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Bees with long-term exposure to neonicotinoid pesticides exhibit a decreased ability to forage for pollen, according to a new study led by the University of Guelph. The study, which involved fitting bees with tiny radio frequency transmitters, was published in a recent issue of Functional Ecology. The researchers — Nigel Raine, a professor in Guelph’s School of Environmental Sciences, and Richard Gill of Imperial College London...

Studying Bees From The Inside Out
2014-07-08 03:18:52

National Science Foundation Researchers work to save bees by studying the diversity of microbes that live in their guts and the impacts on these microbes of exposure to antibiotics It is 1,825 miles from New Haven, Conn., to Austin, Tex., which typically means 30 hours of driving and three nights in motels, not an easy trip for anyone. But for researchers moving from Yale University to a new lab at the University of Texas last August, it proved especially challenging. They made the...

Flower Blasts Pollen At Birds
2014-07-04 03:22:40

Cell Press A small tree or shrub found in mountainous Central and South American rainforests has a most unusual relationship with the birds that pollinate its flowers, according to a study reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on July 3. The plant known as Axinaea offers up its male reproductive organs as a tempting and nutritious food source for the birds. As the birds seize those bulbous stamens with their beaks, they are blasted with pollen by the flowers' complex...


Latest Bee Reference Libraries

Melissophobia
2013-12-24 11:13:46

Melissophobia or the fear of bees, from Greek melissa, meaning honey bee and phobos, meaning fear, and sometimes misspelled as melissaphobia and known also as apiphobia, is one of the most common fears among people and is kind of a specific phobia. The majority of the population have been stung by a bee or had friends or family members stung. A child may fall victim to a bee sting while playing outside. The sting can be rather painful and in some individuals results in swelling which might...

Orchard Mason Bee, Osmia lignaria
2013-07-10 14:38:22

The orchard mason bee (Osmia lignaria), also known as the blue orchard bee, is a species of megachilid bee that is native to North America. Its range extends across the Rocky Mountains, where two subspecies are located. The nests of this species are made in natural hollows in which the bees will make separate rooms for larvae by creating walls with mud. The orchard mason bee can first be seen the early spring months, when temperatures reach about fifty-seven degrees Fahrenheit. Males leave...

Red Mason Bee, Osmia rufa
2013-07-10 12:25:16

The red mason bee (Osmia rufa or Osmia bicornis) is a solitary bee that can be found in a range that includes England, southern areas of Scotland, Sweden, Norway, North Africa, and Iran, among other areas. This species is typically seen during the spring and early summer months, but it can be seen until the end of June. Females hold two horns on top of the head, and a smaller sting than other bee species, while males do not hold horns or a sting. Although the red mason bee is classified...

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2009-02-16 18:05:48

The Honey Badger (Mellivora capensis), also known as the Ratel, is a member of the Mustelidae family. It is found throughout most of Africa and western and southern Asian regions of Baluchistan (eastern Iran), southern Iraq, Pakistan and Rajasthan (western India). Its natural habitat is arid grasslands and savannahs. It is the only species in genus Mellivora. It has been named the most fearless animal for several years in the Guinness Book of World Records. The Honey Badgers is similar...

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2009-01-17 15:59:33

The European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) is a species of bird in the bee-eater family Meropidae. It is found in southern Europe and in parts of north Africa and western Asia. It is highly migratory and winters in tropical Africa, India and Sri Lanka. It is an occasional visitor north of its range and some individuals may breed in northwest Europe. It is a richly colored and slender bird, like other bee-eaters. It has brown and yellow upperparts, green wings and a black beak. It is 10.5 to...

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