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Electric Flowers Help Bees Pick Up Pollen
2013-02-22 11:25:13

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Previous research has shown that bees build up an electrical charge as they buzz through the air, but a new study from the University of Bristol in the U.K. has shown that the bees are able to use this charge to interact with nectar-bearing flowers. According to a summary of the study recently published in the journal Science, the British scientists showed that flowers actually modify their own electrical fields to attract the flying...

Fruit Flies Force Their Young To Get Liquored-up For Their Own Good
2013-02-22 10:59:06

Emory University When fruit flies sense parasitic wasps in their environment, they lay their eggs in an alcohol-soaked environment, essentially forcing their larvae to consume booze as a drug to combat the deadly wasps. The discovery by biologists at Emory University is being published in the journal Science on Friday, February 22. “The adult flies actually anticipate an infection risk to their children, and then they medicate them by depositing them in alcohol,” says...

Monarch Butterflies Won't Migrate North Unless They Can Chill Out First In Mexico
2013-02-22 10:09:45

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Millions of monarch butterflies from across the eastern U.S. begin a southward migration each fall to escape the frigid temperatures of the northern boundary of their range. They travel up to 2,000 miles to reach an overwintering site in a very specific grove of fir trees in central Mexico. A new study from the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMass) suggests the butterflies require the exposure to coldness in the...

New Moth Perfumes Generated Through Genetic Mutations
2013-02-20 11:05:21

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study led by scientists at Sweden´s Lund University has revealed that a single mutation in a moth gene can produce an entirely new scent. The research team believes the results could contribute to the tailored production of pheromones that could be used for pest control. The scent of a female moth can be picked up by the male from several hundred feet away.  The males are guided by sexual pheromones —...

robot controlled by silkworm moth
2013-02-06 11:29:19

[Watch Video: A Robot Being Driven By A Moth] Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Robots have been used to handle a number of dirty chores for human beings in the past, some of which include looking for and cleaning environmental spills. Robotic engineers have also looked towards other animals and insects for inspiration when building out these autonomous machines. Tokyo researchers have now brought these two elements together in a new study published in...

2013-01-31 23:02:57

The new storefront offers an expanded product assortment and enhanced site functionality. Greensboro, NC & Seattle, WA (PRWEB) January 31, 2013 The new Insect Shield Workplace Safety & Health online store makes protective clothing and gear items available to workers in at-risk locations across the globe. The Insect Shield assortment consists of work wear, professional apparel and accessories–including clothing that also offers sun protection, flame resistance and high...

2013-01-29 10:09:59

Research by U.S. Forest Service scientists forecasts profound changes over the next 50 years in the summer range of the endangered Indiana bat. In an article published in the journal Ecology and Evolution, Forest Service Southern Research Station researchers Susan Loeb and Eric Winters discuss the findings of one of the first studies designed to forecast the responses of a temperate zone bat species to climate change. The researchers modeled the current maternity distribution of Indiana...

Bat Sexes Alternate Between Cohabitation And Solitude
2013-01-25 12:37:51

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Family dynamics can vary from species to species. However, a new study from researchers at Leeds University shows that family dynamics among the tiny Daubenton´s bats living in the north of England can vary by altitude and season. According to the U.K. researchers report in the open access journal PLOS ONE, the family dynamics of the Daubenton´s bats that live along a 31-mile stretch of the River Wharfe can be organized by...

Why Biodiversity Is Important For Pollination Services In California Almond: Studies
2013-01-14 09:06:28

Pensoft Publishers Agricultural demand for pollination is growing more quickly than the supply of honey bees, the dominant species managed for crop pollination. Increasing the efficiency of pollination represents a way of increasing crop yield without any increase in agricultural intensity or area. A study recently published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (9 Jan 2013) 1, shows that the pollination effectiveness of honey bees in California almond orchards was...

2013-01-09 08:22:59

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- BeesFree, Inc. (OTC QB: BEES) announced today that it is a Bronze Sponsor for the 2013 North American Beekeeping (NAB) Conference & Tradeshow. The conference is being held January 8(th) - 12(th)in Hershey, Pennsylvania at the Hershey® Lodge. BeesFree, Inc. is the worldwide distributor of both BeesVita Plus(TM), an innovative composite nutritional food supplement for honey bees that promotes healthier honey bees and works to prevent...


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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