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For bees and the flowers they pollinate, a compatible tongue length is essential to a successful relationship.
A study of five different bee species reveals that the queens will travel far from their birthplace before starting new colonies.
Buff-tailed bumblebee, Bombus terrestris, invading South America
Researchers, publishing a study in the Journal of Applied Ecology, wrote that stricter controls over bumblebee imports are needed in order to prevent diseases from spreading to the native bumblebee and honeybee populations.
Bumblebees can use cues from their rivals the honeybees to learn where the best food resources are, according to new research from Queen Mary, University of London.
Bumblebees use complex problem solving skills to minimise the energy they use when flying to collect food, according to new research from Queen Mary, University of London.
It is a mathematical puzzle which has vexed academics and travelling salesmen alike, but new research from Queen Mary, University of London's School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, reveals how bumblebees effectively plan their route between the most rewarding flowers while travelling the shortest distances.
Recent years have seen an unusual rise in the number of bees about in the cold winter months, and scientists are now beginning to find out why.
Bumblebees choose whether to search for food according to how stocked their nests are, say scientists from Queen Mary, University of London.
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...
- Any of various tropical Old World birds of the family Indicatoridae, some species of which lead people or animals to the nests of wild honeybees. The birds eat the wax and larvae that remain after the nest has been destroyed for its honey.