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Jet-Like Banking Abilities Of Flies Help Them Avoid Predators

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online If you’ve ever wondered why it can be so gosh-darned hard to swat a buzzing fly, you’re not alone – researchers from the University of Washington used an array of high-speed video...

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2014-04-14 23:08:16

Danville Science Center celebrates its annual Butterfly Hello and Thyme on April 19 with an herb fair, hands-on activities and butterfly releases. Danville, Virginia (PRWEB) April 14, 2014 Danville Science Center celebrates its annual Butterfly Hello and Thyme on Saturday, April 19. Early birds can dig into gardening at the Herb Fair from 9 am – Noon. Experts on site will cultivate guests’ knowledge to strengthen the green thumb of novice gardeners and experienced horticulturalists...

2014-04-06 23:00:19

The trend in natural superfoods has seen sales of Natural Life™ Bee Pollen from Lifetime Health Australia more than double since January 2013. (PRWEB) April 07, 2014 The surge in sales of Natural Life™ Bee Pollen over the last year is without doubt due to increased media and new consumer interest in natural health superfoods. Director of Lifetime Health, Antony Adare said “the growing popularity of superfoods, raw foods and juicing has brought more mainstream awareness to products...

Skipping Meals May Affect Butterfly Wing Size And Coloration
2014-04-04 14:22:08

PLOS Two days without food for larvae may contribute to pale coloration, smaller butterfly wings High food stress may impact wing size and coloration—both indicators of migratory success—in monarch butterflies, according to results published April 2, 2014, in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Haley Johnson from University of Jamestown and colleagues. Monarch butterflies migrate long distances according to the seasons every year. Because this requires so much energy, they...

First Comprehensive Map Of Hummingbirds' 22-million-year-old History
2014-04-04 13:03:27

Cell Press The first comprehensive map of hummingbirds' 22-million-year-old family tree—reconstructed based on careful analysis of 284 of the world's 338 known species—tells a story of rapid and ongoing diversification. The decade-long study reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on April 3 also helps to explain how today's hummingbirds came to live where they do. Part of the secret to the birds' remarkable success lies in the formation of nine principal groups or...

Attracting Wild Bees To Farms Helps To Enhance Crop Pollination
2014-04-04 11:20:46

Michigan State University Investing in habitat that attracts and supports wild bees in farms is not only an effective approach to helping enhance crop pollination, but it can also pay for itself in four years or less, according to Michigan State University research. The paper, published in the current issue of the Journal of Applied Ecology, gives farmers of pollination-dependent crops tangible results to convert marginal acreage to fields of wildflowers, said Rufus Isaacs, MSU...

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...

2014-03-31 12:28:41

Winning Entrant to Receive $5,000 in Program Support; trip to Washington, D.C. During National Pollinator Week in June RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Bayer CropScience today announced it is seeking nominations for its second annual Bee Care Community Leadership Award, which recognizes an individual who has utilized beekeeping to create innovative projects that benefit a community. The award, an initiative of Bayer's North American Bee Care Program, provides a...

2014-03-27 23:04:03

University of Maryland scientists discover that male big brown bats emit a special call - different than the ones they use to navigate in flight - that tells their comrades to “back off” from bugs they’ve claimed for themselves. A video animation in .mov format is available on request. College Park, MD (PRWEB) March 27, 2014 Look into the spring sky at dusk and you may see flitting groups of bats, gobbling up insect meals in an intricately choreographed aerial dance. It’s well...

2014-03-24 23:28:14

Honey Holding, an industrial honey processor, confirmed that it is testing 100% of its nearly 20 million pounds of annual foreign honey purchases with pollen analysis provided by Quality Services International GmbH, of Bremen, Germany. Baytown, Texas (PRWEB) March 24, 2014 Honey Holding d/b/a Honey Solutions (Honey Holding), an industrial honey processor, confirmed today the testing of 100% of its nearly 20 million pounds of annual foreign honey purchases with mellisopalynology or pollen...

Bumblebees Willing To Learn If There's A Sweet Treat Involved
2014-03-19 05:51:49

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A pair of new studies from the University of Guelph reveals that bumblebees might have tiny brains, but they are capable of remarkable feats, especially when offered a tasty reward. The researchers, Prof. Peter Kevan, of the School of Environmental Sciences, and PhD student Hamida Mirwan are studying bees’ ability to learn by themselves and from each other. The scientists found that bees are capable of learning to solve...


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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...

Brandt’s Bat, Myitus brandtii
2013-10-11 08:07:41

The Brandt’s bat has a large population in northwest of England but is endangered in Austria. The Brandt’s Bat has shaggy brown fur with a pale grey belly. This bat is not a large bat and weighs less than half an ounce and measures up to two inches long. Its wingspan is more than triple its body length at 7.5 to 9.5 inches. Brandt’s bat eats only insects (insectivorous) and is not blind. However, echolocation is used for “night-vision,” so that while hunting at night it does...

Lesser Long Nosed Bat, Leptonycteris yerbabuenae
2013-08-19 15:45:14

The lesser long-nosed bat (Leptonycteris yerbabuenae), also known as the Mexican long-nosed bat or more commonly as Sanborn’s long-nosed bat, is a species of leaf-nosed bat that can be found in a different areas depending upon the season. Its summer range includes southern portions of Arizona, California, and New Mexico and a yearly range in southern and eastern portions of Mexico and coasts of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.  This species prefers a habitat within scrublands,...

Greater Long Nosed Bat, Leptonycteris nivalis
2013-08-19 15:40:45

The greater long-nosed bat (Leptonycteris nivalis), also known as the Mexican long-nosed bat, is a species of leaf-nosed bat that can be found in Mexico, Guatemala, and the United States. It prefers a habitat within temperate forests or desert scrublands. The greater long-nosed bat migrates seasonally to different areas of is range, most likely due to weather patterns and food abundance. In Mexico, the greater long-nosed bat roosts in male and female colonies, but during midsummer, after...

Southern Long Nosed Bat, Leptonycteris curasoae
2013-08-19 15:20:27

The southern long-nosed bat (Leptonycteris curasoae) is a species of leaf-nosed bat that is native to South America. It holds a range that includes Venezuela, Colombia, and the islands of Curaçao, Aruba, and Bonaire. It prefers a habitat within arid or semiarid climates along coastlines or in scrublands and thorn forests. The Curacao population was once thought to be a subspecies but is now classified as a population along with other populations of the species. The southern long-nosed bat...

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