When pollen’s scarce, bees stab plants to speed up flowering

When pollen resources are low, bumblebees damage plants to help drive more flowering so they can get more, researchers have found.

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich • futurity
May 22, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: earth-and-environment featured bees climate-change flowers plants pollen

Spiny pollen evolved to ‘velcro’ onto bumble bees

A wild dandelion's spiny pollen has evolved to attach to traveling bumblebees, report researchers.

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
May 20, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: science-and-technology bees evolution flowers insects plants pollen pollinators

Flowering strips for bumble bees offer perks and risks

Although there are pros and cons to flowering strips for bumble bees, they're a good way to offset pollinator declines, say researchers.

Mick Kulikowski-NC State • futurity
May 13, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: earth-and-environment bees flowers insects plants pollinators

Good news for pollinators: People love bees

Buzz about "murder hornets" and "killer bees" aside, people love bees. And that's a positive sign for the conservation of our pollinators, researchers say.

Austin Fitzgerald-Missouri • futurity
May 11, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: earth-and-environment bees conservation insects pollinators public-opinion

How the ‘murder hornet’ threatens honey bees

Asian giant hornets have made their way to the United States. Two experts break down what that means and what makes the pests so pesky.

Rose Brandt-Arizona • futurity
May 8, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: science-and-technology bees insects

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

Tags: earth-and-environment bees honey-bees insects invasive-species pollinators

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

Tags: earth-and-environment cities flowers honey-bees pollination trees

To save honey bees, tinker with their microbiomes?

Genetic engineered bacteria in the guts of honey bees could pump out medicines to protect the bees against Varroa mites and deformed wing virus.

Marc Airhart-Texas • futurity
Jan. 31, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: earth-and-environment bacteria bees conservation genetic-engineering insects microbiomes

Burned pine forests are home to twice as many bees

You might think that freshly burned pine forests would have fewer resident bees. But a new study shows that's not the case.

Michelle Jewel-NC State • futurity
Jan. 30, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: earth-and-environment bees fires forests pollinators

Insecticides have gotten way more toxic to honey bees

A kind of insecticide applied to corn and soy has become significantly more toxic to honey bees, but does little to benefit crops, researchers say.

Sara LaJeunesse-Penn State • futurity
Jan. 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: earth-and-environment bees crops insecticide pesticides pollinators

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