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Honey Bee Queens And Workers Are Separated By A Single Gene
2014-01-30 04:43:59

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In a hive of honey bees, the jobs of queen and worker are drastically different. A new study from Michigan State University and Wayne State University reveals, however, that only a single gene separates the two. The findings, published in Biology Letters, show this gene not only determines leg and wing development, but it also plays a crucial role in the evolution of bees' ability to carry pollen. “This gene is critical in making...

Engineering Plus Evolutionary Analyses Used To Answer Natural Selection Questions
2014-01-24 14:45:08

University of Massachusetts at Amherst Introducing a new approach that combines evolutionary and engineering analyses to identify the targets of natural selection, researchers report in the current issue of Evolution that the new tool opens a way of discovering evidence for selection for biomechanical function in very diverse organisms and of reconstructing skull shapes in long-extinct ancestral species. Evolutionary biologist Elizabeth Dumont and mechanical engineer Ian Grosse at the...

Bumblebees Shrinking Pesticide
2014-01-20 14:56:34

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, pesticides could be causing worker bees to shrink. A study by researchers from the Royal Holloway University of London found that exposure to pesticides causes worker bumblebees to grow less and hatch at a smaller size. The team found that prolonged exposure to a pyrethroid pesticide reduces the size of individual bees produced by a colony. The team researched colonies...

honey bees
2014-01-19 03:58:16

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Male European honey bees are far more susceptible to a widespread fungal intestinal parasite than female members of the species, according to new research appearing in the January 17 edition of the open-access scientific journal PLoS ONE. The parasite, which is known as Nosema ceranae, originated in Asia but has spread rapidly to all corners of the world in recent years and could be partially responsible for the elevated number of...

Climate Warming Changes Distribution Of Plants And Animals
2014-01-09 13:39:54

University of Basel Swiss plants, butterflies and birds have moved 8 to 42 meters uphill between 2003 and 2010, as scientists from the University of Basel write in the online journal "Plos One". Climate warming is changing the distribution of plants and animals worldwide. Recently it was shown that in the past two decades, European bird and butterfly communities have moved on average 37 and 114 kilometers to the north, respectively. Tobias Roth and Valentin Amrhein from the...

Invisible Light Patterns Help Bees Find Food Even On Cloudy Days
2014-01-08 05:06:45

Ranjini Raghunath for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Bees are excellent navigators. Once they stumble upon a food source, they keep coming back to the same spot without faltering. They also have a great sense of smell and can recognize color patterns and symmetry in flowers – admirable feats for an insect whose brain is the size of a sesame seed. Scientists have long known that bees use the sunlight like a compass to map their route to the flowers full of succulent dew. They also...

2014-01-07 23:21:28

Bayer continues its commitment to bee health by collaborating with beekeepers, growers and researchers to establish a sustainable agriculture. Research Triangle Park, NC (PRWEB) January 07, 2014 Bayer CropScience is starting the New Year off with a buzz by engaging in industry events with beekeepers, growers and researchers across the country. Through these events, the Company hopes to enhance understanding of bee health and increase awareness around the significant role pollinators play...

Researchers Discover Molecular Causes For Sex Determination In Honey Bees
2013-12-31 06:56:40

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online New research appearing in the December issue of the journal Cell Biology puts together the final pieces in a puzzle 200 years in the making – determining the molecular evolution in the genes that separate male honey bees from female ones. Lead author Martin Beye, a professor with the Institute of Evolutionary Genetics at the University of Düsseldorf, and his colleagues studied 14 natural sequence variants of the complementary...

2013-12-11 13:12:46

We know more about wildlife this week, thanks to research by two Canadian teens. Teens from Ottawa and rural British Columbia published their research in this week’s issue of a scientific journal, The Canadian Field-Naturalist. Their research on wasps and leaf disease reveal that a Canadian wasp is an efficient killer of an agricultural pest, and a little-known fungus is hurting Highbush Cranberries. Both research articles were subject to the same peer-review process and met the same...


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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  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
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This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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