A truck collided with two other vehicles on a busy North Carolina highway today, upending a swarm of bees onto the road, and trapping at least one news photographer in his car. And every single tweet that local news station WBTV posted about this situation is a gem.
Bees are dying at an incredible rate, and we’re all screwed because of it. But instead of thinking about all that doom and gloom, why not take a look at these photos of a massive swarm stuck to some poor woman’s car and thank your lucky stars it wasn’t yours.
Across the world, bees are succumbing to a deadly virus, and a new study places the blame squarely on humans. The good news is, there are some common-sense measures we can take right now to start protecting the honeybees we rely on to pollinate our crops.
As part of their research into bees, the United States Geological Survey has compiled a drop-dead gorgeous gallery of bees. From flufftastic fuzzballs to sleek torpedoes, the variety of bees is awe-inspiring.
He looks like a bumble bee, but this is Xylocopa virginica, the Virginia Carpenter Bee. While females have a stinger, the males don’t, but they do step to other males who invade their turf, watching over females and young. “Carpenter” comes from the bees’ nesting habits: they tunnel into wood to lay eggs.
OK, technically pollen isn’t sperm–it’s the tissue that makes sperm. But there’s sure a lot of it caught in this bee’s hair. There’s so much packed on her back legs that it makes them look like puffy pantaloons.
Bees are extremely important to the way we live. One out of every 3 meals we eat is made possible because of bees and if they died out, plants would die, some foods will stop existing and millions of humans would starve. Seriously! Kurz Gesagt tries to explain why honey bees are dying and what it means for humanity.
A Texas man died last week when he was attacked by a massive swarm of bees when he hit a pipe containing their hive. According to ABC News, the man fled nearly a hundred meters before being overwhelmed.
With drug laws changing all the time, it’s hard for police sniffer dogs to keep up with what they’re supposed to find and what they aren’t. That’s why police forces are turning to insects to sniff out narcotics.
Watch bees hatch right before your eyes in this stunningly clear time lapse that tracks the growth from larva to pupa to the full grown bee. You can see the entire transformation from nearly transparent organisms that swim around in fluid to hairy bees with lots of color. It’s really stunning.
A federal task force appointed last year has released its strategy to help save declining bee populations. Bees, along with other insects, bats, and birds, play an important role in agriculture by pollinating crops, but they’ve been dying off in numbers that beekeepers say aren’t economically sustainable.
Bee colonies are still dying, and food may get more expensive as a result.
Evidence has been piling up that neonicotinoids, a class of ubiquitous pesticides, play a role the recent decline of bees. A new study adds worrying and unexpected evidence: Bees actually prefer food contaminated with neonicotinoids—probably because it’s getting them high.
Early this morning, a tractor trailer overturned on I-5 in Lynwood, Washington littering the freeway with millions of pissed off bees, KIRO 7 reports. Dang, this scene sounds like actual hell.
Honeycomb is hexagonal. Not circular. Not square. Not triangular. Why did bees settle on that particular shape? It was no accident; like many of their compatriots in the animal kingdom, it turns out the lil' insects are excellent mathematicians and stellar architects. The repeated pattern makes perfect sense when you…
One of your worst nightmares just happened in Delaware: A truck carrying 460 crated hives from Florida to Maine overturned, breaking and releasing 16 to 20 million angry bees. The police has asked drivers to stay away because they can't do anything about it except spraying them with water to calm them down.
This science-fiction infomercial was made to raise awareness of the fact that bees—which are crucial for the survival of all species, including ours*—are dying all around the world. The fact is that this video isn't too far from the truth: bees may go extinct if we don't act promptly and scientists are already working…