Summer weather sways honey bees’ winter survival

Temperature and rainfall during the summer strongly influences honey bee survival the following winter, researchers find.

Chuck Gill-Penn State • futurity
Feb. 11, 2021 ~8 min

Honey bees tell friend from foe by gut bacteria

For a honey bee, knowing a nestmate from an invader is critical for survival. Chemical cues from shared gut microbial communities cue them in to who is who.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
Oct. 19, 2020 ~9 min

Air pollution could be making honey bees sick – new study

Honey bees in the most polluted parts of an Indian city were more likely to die sooner and showed clear signs of poor health.

Mark Brown, Professor of Evolutionary Ecology & Conservation, Royal Holloway • conversation
Aug. 10, 2020 ~7 min

Don’t panic about Asian giant hornets

Asian giant hornets have arrived in a small portion of the United States. "We do not know how the species arrived in the United States but it is important to not overreact."

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
May 6, 2020 ~4 min

Spring signals female bees to lay the next generation of pollinators

One bee may lay thousands of offspring in late spring. Give her room to build a nest and manage her reproductive duties.

Lila Westreich, Ph.D. Candidate, School of Environment and Forest Sciences, University of Washington • conversation
May 1, 2020 ~7 min

Pollen shows which plants bees in the city need most

Honey bees that live in cities depend on a varied diet of trees, shrubs, and woody vines for food, depending on the season, a new study shows.

Sara LaJeunesse-Penn State • futurity
April 29, 2020 ~7 min

Runny honey, furry spinach and shiny apples – some super surprising facts about your food

Three foods and some cool stuff you should know about them.

Joanna Buckley, Materials Chemist and Science Communicator, University of Sheffield • conversation
March 27, 2020 ~11 min

5 ways a ‘lazy’ lawn makes pollinators happy

A scruffy lawn makes a good home for pollinators, say scientists. Here are 5 ways to make bees feel at home, plus options for those without yards.

Alisson Clark-Florida • futurity
June 19, 2019 ~3 min

5 ways a ‘lazy’ lawn makes pollinators happy

A scruffy lawn makes a good home for pollinators, say scientists. Here are 5 ways to make bees feel at home, plus options for those without yards.

Alisson Clark-Florida • futurity
June 19, 2019 ~3 min

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