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What Does It Take To Be A Queen Bee?
2012-12-10 12:05:44

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to new research from a pair of Swiss researchers, queen sweat bees influence the adult size of their daughters based on which brood they are born into. During the initial observation period of the study, the researchers noted that first brood females were always smaller than second brood females, but first brood males are sometimes the same size as males from the second brood. The queen bees were found regulating the...

Hawk Moths Learn To Use Brain To Find Alternative Food Sources
2012-12-07 13:38:08

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When their favorite food isn´t readily available, hawk moths are able to switch to a different olfactory ℠channel´ in their brain, enabling them to learn how to find alternative nectar sources, according to a new report in the journal Science Express. The two olfactory channels allow the moths to survive in a changing floral environment and the researchers are expecting that better understanding of this mechanism...

Lepidoptera Species Found In Jamaica
2012-12-04 08:13:18

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A study describing a new species of Lepidoptera found in Jamaica's last remaining wilderness was recently published in the journal Tropical Lepidoptera Research by a team of scientists from the University of Florida. The new species belongs to the skipper family of butterflies. This is the first new butterfly discovered in Jamaica since 1995 and scientists hope that the native butterfly will encourage conservation of the Cockpit...

2012-11-21 15:06:30

How flowers have evolved particular colors, shapes and scents to attract pollinators has long fascinated ecologists. Now, using artificial flowers and high-speed video, researchers have gained intriguing insights into the intimate relationship between hummingbirds and the flowers they pollinate. The study, published in the British Ecological Society's journal Functional Ecology, is the first to measure how much energy hummingbirds use while hovering to feed from flowers of different...

Living The Night Life Bats Are Needed All The Time-Not Just On Halloween
2012-10-31 15:03:13

National Science Foundation Researchers are identifying the important ecological and economic contributions of bats; gleaning lessons from incredible bat abilities that may advance technology; and helping to battle a new fatal bat epidemic The sight of bats hanging upside down in creepy caves or fleeing in fluttery flocks from their subterranean haunts at dusk like "bats out of hell" may spook even the most rational, otherwise unflappable observer. Nevertheless, on every day (and...

Pesticides More Perilous To Bees Than Previously Thought
2012-10-22 08:43:20

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online There´s more bad news for bees. Biologists from the University of London say that exposure to pesticides are having a broader, previously unforeseen effect on bumblebee populations. While pesticides have been blamed for bee decline in the past, studies on the issue have focused mainly on single pesticides at high doses. The new British study is the first to take a more direct look at the effect of a combination of chemicals...

Disappearing Butterfly Mystery Solved
2012-10-21 10:19:10

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online Using radar, researchers have successfully tracked the autumn migration of the painted lady, solving once and for all the mystery of what happened to the butterfly species after it disappeared from the UK at summer's end. While some believed that the colorful species of creature simply died out when the season ended, new research published in the journal Ecography reports they actually flee the UK and head south, migrating...

Genetics Plays Vital Role In Building Better Bees
2012-10-16 12:14:18

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study suggests that the reason worker bees are such a highly skilled and specialized workforce is that the genes controlling their behavior are re-shuffled frequently, helping evolution build a better bee. The new research from York University, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), sheds light on how sterile worker bees evolved charismatic and cooperative behaviors. These behaviors include...

French Beekeepers Buzzing Over Blue Honey
2012-10-05 07:40:23

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online French beekeepers are seeing red after learning that M&M´s waste could be making their honeybees produce honey in shades of blues and greens. The phenomenon was first noticed by beekeepers in August around the town of Ribeauville, France; they observed the bees returning to their hives carrying strange colorful substances that have turned their naturally golden sweet wax into a palette of unnatural hues. The northeastern...


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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