Octopus in tank lined with black dots
Do Invertebrates Have Emotions?
And how do scientists go about answering that question?
Do Invertebrates Have Emotions?
Do Invertebrates Have Emotions?

And how do scientists go about answering that question?

And how do scientists go about answering that question?

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Bee on purple flower
Dopamine Drives Bee Desires: Study
Natalia Mesa | Apr 28, 2022
Like in humans, the neurotransmitter appears to play a role in generating wanting-like behavior and, perhaps, happy memories in honeybees.
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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.
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Researchers Try to Head Off “Murder Hornets” Coming into US
Shawna Williams | May 4, 2020
Asian giant hornets were found for the first time in Washington State and could reemerge in the spring.
Engineered Microbe in Bees’ Guts Fends off Deadly Varroa Mite
Lisa Winter | Jan 31, 2020
The genetically modified bacteria spark an RNAi response in the parasite that leads to self-destruction—and perhaps a path to combatting colony collapse disorder.
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Winter Bee Declines Greatest in 13 Years: Survey
Ashley P. Taylor | Jul 1, 2019
US honeybee colonies took the largest hit since the Bee Informed Partnership started counting in 2006.
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Artificial Intelligence Could Help Monitor Bee Health
Anna Azvolinsky | May 1, 2019
A high school student designs a new beehive and gets help from machine learning to monitor for varroa mite infestation.
Honeybees Enter Virtual Reality So Scientists Can Study Their Brains
Jess Romeo | Feb 14, 2019
Researchers record neurological changes in a region called the mushroom body in the brains of bees completing a maze in a virtual environment.
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Image of the Day: All in a Day’s Work
Shawna Williams | Oct 8, 2018
A bee researcher finds that his subjects are protected from viral infections when they dine on fungus.
Celebrated Brazilian Bee Scientist Warwick Kerr Dies
Vijay Shankar Balakrishnan | Oct 2, 2018
Revered as a humanitarian and scientist, Kerr was also blamed for the introduction of aggressive Africanized bees to the Americas.
Herbicide May Harm Microbiome of Bees
The Scientist Staff | Sep 26, 2018
Glyphosate perturbs the balance of gut bacteria in honey bees and increases the insects’ susceptibility to lethal infection.
As Bees Specialize, So Does Their DNA Packaging
Shawna Williams | Sep 11, 2018
A study of chemical tags on histone proteins hints at how the same genome can yield very different animals.
Bees Appear Able to Comprehend the Concept of Zero
Ashley Yeager | Jun 7, 2018
The insects correctly ordered an absence of black dots as “less than” a group of black dots.
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.
War Dance of the Honeybee
Karl Gruber | Feb 1, 2018
One species has developed a novel waggle to warn about invading wasps.
Bees Under Attack
The Scientist Staff | Jan 31, 2018
Japanese honeybees (Apis cerana japonica) respond to an attack by a Vespa mandarinia wasp.
Image of the Day: What Does a Bee See? 
The Scientist Staff and 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
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
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.
Field Studies Confirm Neonicotinoids’ Harm to Bees
Ashley P. Taylor | Jun 29, 2017
Two large studies find that, in real-world conditions, the insecticides are detrimental to honey bees and bumblebees.