We all know that bees are dying at a globally alarming rate, and that our rampant use of pesticides is part of the problem. In a disturbing but wholly unsurprising update this week, scientists have now determined that much of the world’s honey appears to be laced with neonicotinoids, a class of insecticides tied to…
Beekeepers from China’s Hubei province have attached over 700 beehives to the face of a steep cliff in the Shennogjia Forestry Reserve. It’s an awesome—if not intimidating—sight, but it’s an effort to create new habitat for the endangered species.
A senior reserves officer was walking through England’s Northamptonshire’s Pitsford Water Nature Reserve when she spotted what appeared to be a plastic bag caught in some tree branches. But on closer inspection it was bee hive — but without its typical external casing.
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.
The world of Westeros has nothing on a honey bee hive. It turns out in order to gain the monarchy, a queen bee has to murder quite a lot of family members — all while waiting for a younger queen bee to inevitably murder her and usurp the throne.
Twice each year, the Gurung tribespeople of Central Nepal risk their lives collecting wild honey from the world's largest hives high up on Himalayan cliffs. Travel photographer Andrew Newey recently spent two weeks capturing this ancient but dying art.
Darwin's idea of natural selection is simple. Good mutations are passed on, because the animals who have them will survive to reproduce. But how do you pass on those good mutations in honeybee colonies, where most bees are sterile workers who never have babies? A group of researchers decided to find out.
When it comes to greeting their fellow insects, honeybees preferentially use their right antennae. In fact, without their right antennae, the insects may not even be able to tell friend from foe, according to a new study.
Every once in a while, there's news which reminds us that we're living in the age of accelerating change. This is one of those times: A new project has been announced in which scientists at the Universities of Sheffield and Sussex are hoping to create the first accurate computer simulation of a honey bee brain — and…
Researchers at Arizona State University have successfully reversed brain aging in honeybees, by giving them responsibilities that are typically handled by much younger members of the hive. The change in occupation appeared to trigger a series of youth-restoring chemical processes in the bees' brain —processes that…
For those who have always wondered exactly why honeybees die after stinging an animal, this photograph spells it out more keenly than any verbal description could, capturing a doomed bee as it zips away from its stinger, its abdominal tissue spilling out behind it.
We've suspected for quite some time now that cutting-edge insecticides were responsible for the catastrophic hive crashes that are inflicting honey bee populations. But recent evidence suggests that this may not be the case — instead, Colony Collapse Disorder is the result of a highly contagious virus that's being…
When it comes time for honeybee swarm to split off from their mother colony and find a new place to live, something remarkable happens. To communicate most effectively, they organize themselves exactly like the neurons of a complex brain.
Many people don't think that the collapse of bee populations is as big a mystery as it's made out to be. An EPA memo, leaked last month, reveals that a commonly used pest-control chemical can disrupt bee colonies.