Honeybee Microbes Shape the Colony’s Social Behavior
Honeybee Microbes Shape the Colony’s Social Behavior
Recent research shows that the insect’s microbial community is central to protecting the hive from invaders—both big and small.
Honeybee Microbes Shape the Colony’s Social Behavior
Honeybee Microbes Shape the Colony’s Social Behavior

Recent research shows that the insect’s microbial community is central to protecting the hive from invaders—both big and small.

Recent research shows that the insect’s microbial community is central to protecting the hive from invaders—both big and small.

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Researchers Try to Head Off “Murder Hornets” Coming into US
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.
Once Is Enough For Long-Term Memory Formation in Bees
Once Is Enough For Long-Term Memory Formation in Bees
Ruth Williams | May 1, 2020
Honeybees can remember reward-associated odors three days after a single learning experience.
Infographic: Quick Learners
Infographic: Quick Learners
Ruth Williams | May 1, 2020
Honeybees can remember reward-associated odors three days after a single learning experience.
Engineered Microbe in Bees’ Guts Fends off Deadly Varroa Mite
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.
Winter Bee Declines Greatest in 13 Years: Survey
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.
Image of the Day: Seeing is Bee-lieving
Image of the Day: Seeing is Bee-lieving
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 22, 2019
Four decades after it was thought to have disappeared in the wild, scientists have found a single female Wallace’s giant bee in Indonesia.
Honeybees Enter Virtual Reality So Scientists Can Study Their Brains
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.
Bees Stopped Buzzing During the 2017 Eclipse
Bees Stopped Buzzing During the 2017 Eclipse
Catherine Offord | Oct 11, 2018
The insects fell silent as the moon cast a shadow over parts of North America last summer, researchers report.
Image of the Day: All in a Day’s Work
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.
As Bees Specialize, So Does Their DNA Packaging
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’ 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.
War Dance of the Honeybee
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
Bees Under Attack
The Scientist Staff | Jan 31, 2018
Japanese honeybees (Apis cerana japonica) respond to an attack by a Vespa mandarinia wasp.
Pesticides Reduce Male Honeybee Fertility: Study
Pesticides Reduce Male Honeybee Fertility: Study
Ashley P. Taylor | Jul 27, 2016
Drones exposed to neonicotinoids have fewer viable sperm and show reduced longevity.
Behavior Brief
Behavior Brief
Catherine Offord | Feb 11, 2016
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Phytochemical Helps Differentiate Workers from Queen Bees
Phytochemical Helps Differentiate Workers from Queen Bees
Ashley P. Taylor | Aug 28, 2015
The consumption of p-coumaric acid, a chemical found in honey and pollen, may help set a female honeybee on its course to becoming a worker instead of a queen.
Genome Digest
Genome Digest
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Aug 26, 2014
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes
Recent Decline in Honeybee Deaths
Recent Decline in Honeybee Deaths
Kerry Grens | May 19, 2014
Fewer commercial pollinators died over the winter than during the same season the preceding year.
Wild Bees Catch Honeybee Disease
Wild Bees Catch Honeybee Disease
Kerry Grens | Feb 19, 2014
Study suggests a honeybee disease might be spilling over into wild bee populations in the U.K.