A new series of studies is demonstrating what most experts have assumed for some time: that at least one of the causes of the devastating collapse of bee colonies is being caused by pesticides and other chemicals.
What’s killing the bees? We’ve heard numerous theories over the past few years, from pesticides to viruses to cell phones. Now there’s a new theory: A parasitic fly is turning bees into zombies.
Evidence shows they exhibit optimism and pessimism It’s been well-documented by now that many, if not most, non-human animals are capable of complex emotions. A new study, published in Current Biology, shows that honeybees are also among those who clearly manifest emotions.
Three things in the news this week lead to the obvious conclusion that we can do a lot to save our world from going down the tubes … if we just make some simple changes in our way of living.
Scientists have been trying to figure out what is causing Colony Collapse Disorder. One theory that linked it to cell phone towers is back in the news today.
Did the EPA allow the widespread use of a pesticide that’s poisonous to bees despite warnings from the agency’s own scientists? And is this the cause of the collapse of bee colonies around the world? The world honey bee population has been in crisis for several years, and theories as to its cause have ranged [...]
When you or I look at a flower, we generally see a thing of beauty. When a bee looks at a flower, she sees a runway, a landing strip and a clear path to where the nectar and pollen are
(They’re not sharks, pit bulls or mountain lions.) Elsewhere on this site, we just reported on Thor, the pit bull who rescued his family from a fire. We also noted that, earlier this year, Thor and other dogs like him were just one vote shy of being banned by the local town council as being [...]
A formal petition has been filed to list a species of bumblebee as officially “endangered.” It’s part of a larger effort to protect bees of all kinds, since they are still suffering a major die-off. The Franklin’s bumblebee was selected for this petition because there’s more documentation of its decline than for other kind of [...]
Her laundry was hanging on the line in her backyard in Victoria, Australia. But it was going to be a little difficult to bring it in . . . Beekeeper Brian Gardiner got the terrified emergency call, and arrived in the backyard later in the day. By then, there were roughly 20,000 bees clustered across [...]