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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...

Bees 'Shouts' Warn Intruders That A Food Source Will Be Defended
2014-07-08 08:15:09

[ Watch the Video: Stingless Bees Fight Over Food Source ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online If you were foraging for food in a highly competitive environment and you found a very lucrative source, how would you communicate this prize to your teammates without giving it away to your competitors? This is the situation bees find themselves in quite often. Scientists believe that many animals, faced with eavesdroppers, have developed "whispers" to prevent revealing...

2014-06-23 20:20:33

BRUSSELS, June 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A new meta-analysis of the systemic pesticides neonicotinoids and fipronil (neonics), to be published this summer, will confirm that they are causing significant damage to a wide range of beneficial invertebrate species and are a key factor in the decline of bees. Concern about the impact of systemic pesticides on a variety of beneficial species has been growing for the last 20 years but the science has not been considered...

2014-06-20 16:21:17

EPA Fails to Restrict Pesticides Linked to Bee Decline WASHINGTON, June 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The White House today issued a Presidential Memorandum on pollinator health to the heads of federal agencies requiring action to "reverse pollinator losses and help restore populations to healthy levels." The President is directing agencies to establish a Pollinator Health Task Force, and to develop a National Pollinator Health Strategy, including a Pollinator Research Action...

2014-06-16 08:30:41

In Honor of National Pollinator Week, Cascadian Farm(TM) Pledges its Support to Protect Pollinators SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash., June 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- One out of every three bites of food is made possible by bees and other pollinators. Pollinator populations are declining worldwide and could have a great impact on the food supply. To help raise awareness of this critical issue, Cascadian Farm partnered with The Xerces Society, a nonprofit leader in pollinator conservation and research....

2014-06-13 23:05:00

National Pollinator Week takes place June 16-22; RISE offers steps to promote pollinator health. Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 13, 2014 Bees pollinate more than 16 percent of flowering plant species, including those found in yards, landscapes and parks in our communities and across our country. During Pollinator Week – June 16-22, 2014, and all year long – each of us can take action to understand the many factors contributing to bee health, and make a difference by promoting pollinator...

2014-04-08 16:20:59

SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new report released today by leading environmental advocate Penny Newman and residents of the poisoned Wildomar community shows that state toxics regulators doctored data in a preliminary investigation of the Autumnwood housing complex to avoid pinpointing what has poisoned the Riverside County residents and skip any cleanup, Consumer Watchdog said today. "State toxics regulators have shown by their actions that they don't want...

2014-04-01 23:28:37

Patent-pending system is designed for shipping honey. Bethesda, MD (PRWEB) April 01, 2014 Determined not to be overshadowed by Amazon’s quadcopter or Groupon’s catapult, Bee America proudly presents both an innovative and bio-efficient delivery system for shipping honey. In order to explain this extraordinary system, a bit of background is in order. Female honeybees out-number male honeybees, otherwise known as drones, by 100 to 1. Because this breakthrough requires the ability to...

Honey Bee Queens And Workers Are Separated By A Single Gene
2014-01-30 04:43:59

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In a hive of honey bees, the jobs of queen and worker are drastically different. A new study from Michigan State University and Wayne State University reveals, however, that only a single gene separates the two. The findings, published in Biology Letters, show this gene not only determines leg and wing development, but it also plays a crucial role in the evolution of bees' ability to carry pollen. “This gene is critical in making...

Commonly Used Pesticides Kill Honeybee Larvae In Their Hives
2014-01-27 13:54:54

Sara LaJeunesse - Penn State Four pesticides commonly used on crops to kill insects and fungi also kill honeybee larvae within their hives, according to Penn State and University of Florida researchers. The team also found that N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) -- an inert, or inactive, chemical commonly used as a pesticide additive -- is highly toxic to honeybee larvae. "We found that four of the pesticides most commonly found in beehives kill bee larvae," said Jim Frazier, professor of...


Latest Bees 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...

Apiology
2012-10-15 16:00:21

Apiology is the scientific study of honey bees, a subdiscipline of melittology (the study of all bees), which is a subdiscipline of entomology. Melittology comprises of more than 17,000 species other than the honey bee. Apiology includes apicology, which is the study of honey bee ecology. Honey bees are often chosen as a study group to answer questions on the evolution of social systems. People who study honey bees are called apiologists. There have been a number of notable apiologists...

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2005-09-09 09:43:40

The bumblebee is a flying insect of the genus Bombus in the family Apidae and a relative of the common honeybee. The bumblebee feeds on nectar and gathers pollen to feed its young. They are beneficial to humans and the plant world alike, and tend to be larger than other members of the bee family. Most bumblebee species are gentle. From this comes their original name: "Humblebee". Bumblebees are social insects that are known for their black and yellow striped bodies, a commonality among the...

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2005-09-09 07:53:35

PHOTO CAPTION: Megachile centuncularis (L.) a European leaf-cutter bee, cutting a Wisteria leaf. Photo taken by Keith Edkins The Megachilidae are a family of mainly solitary bees. They carry pollen in specialized structures called scopae. These scopae are located under the abdomen, rather than on the hind legs like in the honey bee. Megachilidae are commonly known as mason and leaf cutter bees, reflecting the materials they build their nest cells from, such as clay or leaves. Most species...

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2005-09-08 12:32:32

Carpenter bees (Xylocopinae subfamily) are considered to be important pollinators, especially of open-faced flowers, though they are also known to "rob" nectar by boring holes in the sides of flowers with deep corollas (thus not accomplishing pollination). The smaller species tunnel into pithy stems to build their nests. Other species bore holes in wood and can become pests in wood construction. Carpenter bees are often mistaken for bumblebees. They are similar in size and coloring. The...

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