Bee Reports over the Past Century Indicate a Loss of Diversity
Bee Reports over the Past Century Indicate a Loss of Diversity
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.
Bee Reports over the Past Century Indicate a Loss of Diversity
Bee Reports over the Past Century Indicate a Loss of Diversity

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.

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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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.
Ecuadorian Cactus Absorbs Ultrasound, Enticing Bats to Flowers
Ecuadorian Cactus Absorbs Ultrasound, Enticing Bats to Flowers
Emily Makowski | Jan 17, 2020
Many plants reflect ultrasonic waves, thereby attracting the pollinators, but one cactus takes a different approach.
Celebrated Brazilian Bee Scientist Warwick Kerr Dies
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.
Fossilized Beetle Is Earliest Evidence of Insect Pollinator
Fossilized Beetle Is Earliest Evidence of Insect Pollinator
Abby Olena | Aug 16, 2018
A 99-million-year-old beetle preserved in amber alongside grains of pollen likely pollinated prehistoric plants.
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: Flower in a Mushroom Suit
Image of the Day: Flower in a Mushroom Suit
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Nov 21, 2017
Scientists discover the real pollinators of a popular houseplant flower. 
Germany Sees Drastic Decrease in Insects
Germany Sees Drastic Decrease in Insects
Anna Azvolinsky | Oct 18, 2017
A 27-year-long study finds insect biomass has declined by about 75 percent. 
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.
Field Studies Confirm Neonicotinoids’ Harm to Bees
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.
Restoring a Native Island Habitat
Restoring a Native Island Habitat
Anna Azvolinsky | Jan 30, 2017
Removal of non-native vegetation from an island ecosystem revives pollinator activity and, in turn, native plant growth. 
To Attract Pollinators, Flower Mimics Wounded Bee
To Attract Pollinators, Flower Mimics Wounded Bee
Ben Andrew Henry | Oct 7, 2016
Umbrella flowers lure in flies by mimicking the alarm signals produced by the flies’ preferred prey.
The Flower Sense of Hawkmoths
The Flower Sense of Hawkmoths
Alison F. Takemura | Sep 1, 2016
The pollinators of a wild tobacco plant use the tip of their proboscis to determine whether they should stop for a drink.
Bumblebees Pick Infected Tomato Plants
Bumblebees Pick Infected Tomato Plants
Ashley P. Taylor | Aug 11, 2016
Tomatoes infected with cucumber mosaic virus lure the pollinators, according to a study.
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.
Hydropowered Pollen
Hydropowered Pollen
Karen Zusi | Feb 1, 2016
A tension-sensing ion channel regulates hydration and germination in pollen.
Study: Pesticides Harm Bees
Study: Pesticides Harm Bees
Kerry Grens | Mar 27, 2015
A researcher challenges the UK government’s conclusion that neonicotinoids aren’t that bad for pollinators.
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.
Biodiversity = More (and Better) Coffee
Biodiversity = More (and Better) Coffee
Bob Grant | Feb 11, 2014
Study finds that coffee plants grown in the vicinity of Mount Kilimanjaro produce more coffee beans of a better quality if they are surrounded by thriving plant and animal communities.
New Suspect in Bee Colony Collapse
New Suspect in Bee Colony Collapse
Jef Akst | Jan 21, 2014
A virus that causes blight in plants may contribute the catastrophic decline of honeybee colonies.