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Honey Bees Avoid Food Sources Near Predatory Hotspots
2013-10-03 06:14:36

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The life of a bee is bucolic and pastoral - flitting from flower to flower, collecting nectar to turn into honey. At least, that's how we all think of bees. Although bees are capable of defending themselves using their painful stings, the life of a honey bee is fraught with dangerous predators that seize them from the sky and wait to ambush them on flowers. The fear of such predators drives bees to avoid food sources closely...

Mammal Diversity Faltered When Flowering Plants Arrived
2013-10-02 16:02:24

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As mammals were trying to emerge from the shadows of dinosaurs 100 million years ago, there was a dramatic proliferation of flowering plant species. However, instead of early mammals benefiting from new food and shelter opportunities that would have been provided by the plants, they experienced a decline during the mid-Cretaceous. Using a morphological analysis, two researchers were able to provide these new insights about mammalian...

Flowering Plants Evolved 100 Million Years Earlier Than Believed
2013-10-02 07:55:56

[ Watch the Video: Flowering Plants Arose In The Early Triassic ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers from the University of Zurich in Switzerland have uncovered evidence suggesting flowering plants evolved 100 million years earlier than previously believed, according to new research appearing in the open-access journal Frontiers in Plant Science. Flowering plants evolved from extinct plants related to conifers, cycads, ginkgos and seed ferns, and the...

Role Of Sperm Competition In Formation Of New Species Confirmed By Biologists
2013-09-27 08:09:16

Syracuse University 'Current Biology' article marks culmination of 6 years of research Female promiscuity—something that occurs in a majority of species, including humans—results in the ejaculates from two or more males overlapping within her reproductive tract. When this happens, sperm compete for fertilization of the female's eggs. In addition, the female has the opportunity to bias fertilization of her eggs in favor of one male's sperm over others. These processes,...

2013-09-12 23:32:19

New York Beekeepers are preparing to remove the sweet bounty that the honeybees have collected from the various flowers that bloom in the Empire State. Rochester, NY (PRWEB) September 12, 2013 Shorter days and cooler temperatures herald the traditional honey harvest here in New York State. Beekeepers are preparing to remove the sweet bounty that the honeybees have collected from the various flowers that bloom in the state. The sweet and varied flavors of honey differ according to the...

Edible Coatings for fruits and vegetables
2013-09-11 09:25:59

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Advances in food technology responsible for bringing ready-to-eat fresh-cup apple slices into school cafeterias, grocery stores and fast-food restaurants could soon expand to include other types of fruits and vegetables. Speaking at the 246th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Dr. Attila E. Pavlath of the USDA’s Western Regional Research Center in California discussed how edible coatings...

Apiary Experts Still Have No Cure For Mass Honeybee Die-Offs
2013-09-10 14:26:22

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A scientist speaking at the 246th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) discussed that apiary experts still have no cure for what is killing off honeybees. Richard Fell, an emeritus professor of entomology at Virginia Tech, said that scientists not only have not been able to find a cure, they still are not even sure what is causing the mass deaths in the honeybee population. "Some estimates put the...


Latest Pollination 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...

Heirloom plant
2013-09-20 13:16:15

Heirloom plants are plants that were grown centuries ago, handed down through the generations, and are still grown today without genetic modification. Heirloom plants maintain their traits year after year even though they are subjected to open pollination. Growing heirlooms is becoming more popular in North America and Europe because of their resistance to disease, pests, and extreme weather. Plants that have been genetically altered through artificial means, otherwise known as hybrids,...

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...

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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Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.