Latest Bumblebees Stories

2010-06-24 12:40:00

On Wednesday, a conservation group filed a petition to add a bumblebee from Southern Oregon and Northern California to the endangered species list. The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and University of California at Davis entomologist Robbin Thorp formally petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the inset under the Endangered Species Act. Executive director of the Xerces Society in Portland, Scott Hoffman Black, told the Associated Press (AP) the petition is...

2010-03-05 09:00:00

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. While most bees are hibernating, the buff-tailed bumblebee, Bombus terrestris, is out taking advantage of exotic winter-flowering plants in our gardens and parks, according to scientists from Queen Mary, University of London. The study, published in the journal PLoS One, suggests this unique species raises an extra generation of workers to collect...

2009-06-01 13:15:00

Plans have been announced that the short-haired bumblebee, which is considered extinct in the UK, will be reintroduced from New Zealand. The short-haired bumblebee was brought from the UK to New Zealand in the late 19th Century on the first refrigerated lamb boats to pollinate clover crops. Now Natural England and several other conservation groups have launched a scheme to bring the species home. Natural England's acting chairman, Poul Christensen, said, "Bumblebees are suffering...

2008-08-29 03:00:19

The little pool in my backyard is busier than the Atlanta airport. In the late afternoon, bumblebee bombers are landing and taking off four and five at a time. Their landings are not quite touch and go. They seem to be tanking up. They rest on the water just long enough for a drink. They are showing remarkable traits, and raising more questions than they answer. It is urban legend that bumblebees cannot fly - a legend disproved by the obvious evidence. Nevertheless, it is true that...

2008-08-14 10:20:00

Bumblebees choose whether to search for food according to how stocked their nests are, say scientists from Queen Mary, University of London. When bumblebees return to the nest from a successful foraging mission, they produce a pheromone which encourages their nest mates to also go out and find food. Scientists had originally thought that these pheromones elicited a standard response from all bees. But new research from Queen Mary's School of Biological and Chemical Sciences has shown that...

2007-10-08 15:35:00

GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- Looking high and low, Robbin Thorp can no longer find a species of bumblebee that just five years ago was plentiful in northwestern California and southwestern Oregon. Thorp, an emeritus professor of entomology from the University of California at Davis, found one solitary worker last year along a remote mountain trail in the Siskiyou Mountains, but hasn't been able to locate any this year. He fears that the species - Franklin's bumblebee - has gone extinct before anyone...

Latest Bumblebees Reference Libraries

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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  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.