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Bees Almost Went Extinct With Dinosaurs
2013-10-24 13:38:51

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to numerous reports, honey bees around the world are facing a mysterious threat that has been wiping out entire colonies. However, this isn’t the first time bees have faced an existential threat. According to a new study in the journal PLOS ONE, the flying insects were almost wiped out along with the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. In the study, a team of Australian and American researchers modeled a mass extinction event...

2013-10-09 23:02:47

William Sklaroff, South Florida’s own Willie the Bee Man, is expanding his business, Willie the Bee Man, Inc., by introducing a new website, a redesigned logo, and several social media programs. Miami, FL (PRWEB) October 09, 2013 Africanized killer bees ARE in Florida. There is no doubt about it. In March of 2013 two park rangers in Tampa were hospitalized after being swarmed by over 100,000 of these pests; numerous dogs, several horses, and three people have been killed by Africanized...

Ants More Genetically Similar To Bees Than Wasps
2013-10-08 15:17:01

[ Watch the Video: Who Could Be The Ant's Next Of Kin? ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of scientists from the University of California, Davis found that ants are more closely related to bees than to most wasps. Scientists originally believed that ants and bees were more distantly related, with ants being closer to certain parasitoid wasps. However, researchers publishing a paper in the journal Current Biology say that ants and bees are more genetically...

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...

Higher Latitude Moths Less Susceptible To Temperature Changes
2013-09-24 10:11:14

Dartmouth College Moths in northern Finland are less susceptible to rising temperatures than expected, suggesting high latitude moth populations around the world may be partly buffered from the effects of rapid climate warming, according to a new Dartmouth-Finnish study based on the most extensive analyses yet conducted of seasonal patterns in forest animals. The results are important because moths are a key food source for birds, bats and many other predators, and (in their caterpillar...

Future Flying Robots May Get Inspiration From Honeybee Flight Secrets
2013-09-11 10:13:27

[ Watch the Video: Honeybees Are Buzzing Into Robotics ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia have found new information detailing how honeybees are able to streamline their bodies during flight, according to a new study published in Scientific Reports. Study researchers speculated that the information could be used in the development of flying insect-like robots. “Honeybees often have to travel very long...

2013-08-27 23:01:51

Technology Lowers Dust During Planting; Further Reducing Honey Bee Exposure DECATUR, Ill. (PRWEB) August 27, 2013 As part of its commitment to sustainable agriculture, Bayer CropScience today announced very favorable field trial results of its new seed application technology, which is designed to further reduce potential dust exposure to honey bees during a typical planting process, while offering improved handling efficiencies to corn farmers. The use of lubricants, such as talc and...

Monarch Population Declining In Mexican Forests
2013-08-26 05:14:06

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Experts are concerned that monarch butterflies, famous for their nearly 3,000 mile migration to Mexico and coastal California during the late summer/early fall months, could be drastically decreasing in numbers. According to James A. Foley of Nature World News, conservation groups are reporting that the number of monarch butterflies in the Mexican forests where they hibernate over the winter were at their lowest point in two...


Latest Pollinators 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...

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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