Insects Might Be More Sensitive to Radiation than Thought
Insects Might Be More Sensitive to Radiation than Thought
A study of bumble bees exposed to levels of radiation equivalent to those existing in Chernobyl hotspots shows that the insects’ reproduction takes a hit.
Insects Might Be More Sensitive to Radiation than Thought
Insects Might Be More Sensitive to Radiation than Thought

A study of bumble bees exposed to levels of radiation equivalent to those existing in Chernobyl hotspots shows that the insects’ reproduction takes a hit.

A study of bumble bees exposed to levels of radiation equivalent to those existing in Chernobyl hotspots shows that the insects’ reproduction takes a hit.

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Bee Reports over the Past Century Indicate a Loss of Diversity
Bee Reports over the Past Century Indicate a Loss of Diversity
Asher Jones | Jan 22, 2021
An analysis of museum data and naturalists' observations finds that the number of bee species recorded has been declining since the 1990s. The first global, long-term study of bee trends adds to mounting evidence that the pollinators are in trouble worldwide.
Climate Change Linked to Drop in Bumble Bee Numbers: Study
Climate Change Linked to Drop in Bumble Bee Numbers: Study
Lisa Winter | Feb 7, 2020
The rate of population decline is outpacing the ability of the bees to find a new habitat.
Image of the Day: Corn Fed
Image of the Day: Corn Fed
Catherine Offord | Nov 29, 2018
Bumblebee colonies grow poorly in landscapes dominated by maize, researchers find.
Pesticide Exposure Alters Bumblebees’ Behavior in Their Nests
Pesticide Exposure Alters Bumblebees’ Behavior in Their Nests
Ruth Williams | Nov 8, 2018
A high-tech approach to monitoring bee activity inside the nest reveals how the neonicotinoid imidacloprid impairs colony growth.
Bumblebees Fare Better in the City Than in the Countryside
Bumblebees Fare Better in the City Than in the Countryside
Catherine Offord | Jun 27, 2018
Urban colonies had more offspring, survived longer, and hosted fewer parasites.
EU States Vote to Ban Neonicotinoids
EU States Vote to Ban Neonicotinoids
Diana Kwon | Apr 27, 2018
The pesticides, which studies show are harmful to bees, will be prohibited in open fields by the end of 2018.
Bees’ Molecular Responses to Neonicotinoids Determined
Bees’ Molecular Responses to Neonicotinoids Determined
Catherine Offord | Mar 22, 2018
Researchers pinpoint a protein that can metabolize at least one of the insecticides, highlighting a route to identifying compounds that are friendlier to the critical pollinators.
Image of the Day: What Does a Bee See? 
Image of the Day: What Does a Bee See? 
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Dec 21, 2017
Scientists identify floral temperature patterns as a sensory cue that may help bees identify flower species. 
Bees Live the City Life in Detroit
Bees Live the City Life in Detroit
Catherine Offord | Sep 1, 2017
Important pollinators under threat from habitat destruction, bumblebees may find refuge on vacant land throughout Michigan’s largest metropolis.
City Bees
City Bees
The Scientist Staff | Aug 31, 2017
See the urban landscapes in Detroit where researchers are studying the fates of pollinators that adopt a metropolitan lifestyle.
More Details on How Pesticides Harm Bees
More Details on How Pesticides Harm Bees
Diana Kwon | May 2, 2017
Scientists report that thiamethoxam exposure impairs bumblebees’ reproduction and honey bees’ ability to fly.
In Certain Social Bees, Gut Microbiomes Follow Phylogeny
In Certain Social Bees, Gut Microbiomes Follow Phylogeny
Ashley P. Taylor | Mar 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. 
Bumblebees Detect One Another's Smelly Footprints
Bumblebees Detect One Another's Smelly Footprints
Diana Kwon | Mar 7, 2017
Scents left behind by bumblebees may help them remember recently visited flowers. 
Behavior Brief
Behavior Brief
Diana Kwon | Feb 27, 2017
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Analysis: Industry-Funded Honeybee Study Was “Misleading”
Analysis: Industry-Funded Honeybee Study Was “Misleading”
Joshua A. Krisch | Jan 23, 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.
 
First Bumblebee Species Declared Endangered in U.S.
First Bumblebee Species Declared Endangered in U.S.
Kerry Grens | Jan 11, 2017
The federal government concludes the rusty patched bumblebee is nearing extinction.
How an Invasive Bee Managed to Thrive in Australia
How an Invasive Bee Managed to Thrive in Australia
Ben Andrew Henry | Jan 1, 2017
The Asian honeybee should have been crippled by low genetic diversity, but thanks to natural selection it thrived.
Bumblebees’ Electric Sense
Bumblebees’ Electric Sense
Tanya Lewis | May 31, 2016
Tiny hairs may enable the insects to detect floral electric fields, according to a study.
Bumblebee Tongues Growing Shorter
Bumblebee Tongues Growing Shorter
Karen Zusi | Sep 28, 2015
Two alpine bee species have evolved shorter tongues, adapting to floral declines related to climate change.