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In Certain Social Bees, Gut Microbiomes Follow Phylogeny

By | March 29, 2017

Corbiculate bees and their gut-dwelling microbes have been coevolving since the social species evolved from their solitary ancestors around 80 million years ago, scientists suggest. 

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Scents left behind by bumblebees may help them remember recently visited flowers. 

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Behavior Brief

By | February 28, 2017

A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research

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image: Analysis: Industry-Funded Honeybee Study Was “Misleading”

Analysis: Industry-Funded Honeybee Study Was “Misleading”

By | January 24, 2017

Statisticians debunk a 2013 study by scientists at a Swiss agrochemical company, which had reported that a neonicotinoid pesticide posed a low risk to honeybees.  

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First Bumblebee Species Declared Endangered in U.S.

By | January 11, 2017

The federal government concludes the rusty patched bumblebee is nearing extinction.

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image: How an Invasive Bee Managed to Thrive in Australia

How an Invasive Bee Managed to Thrive in Australia

By | January 1, 2017

The Asian honeybee should have been crippled by low genetic diversity, but thanks to natural selection it thrived.

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Bumblebees’ Electric Sense

By | May 31, 2016

Tiny hairs may enable the insects to detect floral electric fields, according to a study.

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image: Bumblebee Tongues Growing Shorter

Bumblebee Tongues Growing Shorter

By | September 28, 2015

Two alpine bee species have evolved shorter tongues, adapting to floral declines related to climate change.

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A Smaller World for Bumblebees

By | July 13, 2015

Warming temperatures have shrunk the bumblebee’s geographic range in Europe and North America, a study shows.

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Genome Digest

By | May 21, 2015

What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes

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