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Honey Bees Tracked With Tiny Radar Antennae
2013-07-29 04:41:31

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A team of biologists are outfitting honey bees with miniature radar antennae, hoping to discover how the insects are being impacted by controversial pesticides known as neonicotinoids. According to Richard Gray, Science Correspondent with The Telegraph, researchers from Rothamsted Research in the UK and the Free University in Germany are gluing lightweight radar transponders to the bees' backs as part of their research. The...

Bee Sperm Banks
2013-06-10 11:30:16

Watch the video "Honey Bee Genome Repository" Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Beekeepers around the United States have been experiencing an unusually high level of colony die-off and a group of“¯Washington State University (WSU) researchers has just announced a plan to preserve the survival and biodiversity of honey bee colonies by creating a sperm bank for the tiny insects. Using liquid nitrogen to preserve their samples, the WSU scientists said they...

European Commission Bans Three Pesticides For Two Years
2013-05-07 19:19:56

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Policy makers in Europe just imposed a two-year precautionary ban on a type of pesticide until more is known about how it may affect bees. The European Commission said it would be adopting a proposal to restrict the use of three pesticides belonging to the nenicotinoid family; including clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiametoxam. An Appeal Committee voted on April 29, 2013 and failed to agree on restrictions for the pesticides....

2013-04-22 23:00:41

Apply Responsibly Officials Urge Safe & Environmentally Sound Practices in the Home and Garden. SACRAMENTO, Calif. (PRWEB) April 22, 2013 Earth Day 2013 marks the fifth straight year for the Apply Responsibly program, an ongoing effort to educate homeowners about the link between protecting California waterways and the responsible use of pesticides in residential settings, according to officials for the stewardship program. “Earth Day is a great opportunity to remind homeowners...

Killer Bees Attack Florida Man And Pet Dog, Dog Dies
2013-04-21 07:01:45

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A swarm of killer bees attacked a 65-year-old Florida man and his dog Thursday afternoon (April 18) before turning their attention on the firefighters who responded to his 911 call for help, according to various media reports. The man, Robert Denmark of West Park, Florida, was giving his pet Ricco a bath when they were swarmed by bees from a nearby tree, reports Penny Eims of Examiner.com. Denmark attempted to spray them using a...

Efficient Bees Use Logic And Observation To Find Nectar
2013-04-05 09:39:22

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Why do bees copy each other when looking for nectar?  The answer is remarkably simple, according to a new study from Queen Mary, University of London and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). Bees have tiny brains. But even with this handicap, they are smart enough to pick out the most attractive flowers by watching other bees and learning from their behavior. The use of simple logic allows them to watch for the most...

Bumblebees Threatened By Metal Toxins In Flowers
2013-04-03 08:07:00

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Across the US beekeepers and researchers have been reporting that a powerful new class of pesticides may be killing off bumblebees. A new study, led by the University of Pittsburgh, pinpoints another potential cause: metal pollution in flowers from aluminum and nickel. The study findings, published in the journal Environmental Pollution, reveal that bumblebees are at risk of ingesting toxic amounts of metals such as nickel and...

Worldwide Crop Pollination Hurting Due To Loss Of Wild Bees
2013-03-01 09:30:07

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international study of wild insects finds that managed honeybees are not as successful at pollinating crops as wild insects, especially wild bees. Collected from 600 fields in 20 countries, the data suggest the continuing loss of wild insects in many agricultural landscapes is having negative consequences for crop harvests. The study, published in a recent issue of Science, is an urgent call to maintain and manage pollinator...


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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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