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It is not entirely clear how the insects navigate but their vision seems to help keep them on course and recognise landmarks.

2006-07-26

 animal bee
A species of bee in Australia has found a gruesome way to deal with a parasitic interloper that can damage its hives.

2009-12-17

 Australia bee mummy
Colony collapse disorder (CCD) is a mysterious disappearance of honey bees that has beset beekeepers in the United States since late 2006.

2009-07-14

 bee extinction colony
A tiny group of bees act like "pied pipers" to trigger the onset of bee swarms report scientists. By buzzing a "piping" signal the bees are able to initiate an explosive departure from the hive. Bees are known to use signals to tell the colony when to swarm but which bees had the power to make this decision was unclear. Now scientists have identified a small oligarchy of individual bees that hold the key to swarm...

2010-03-15

 signal bee swarm control animal collective intelligence toread
Scientists have devised a new way to peer into the inner workings of a live honeybee colony, without disturbing the insects inside. The technique, known as Diagnostic Radioentomology (DR), scans a beehive, taking a series of 3D images. This reveals in real-time how many bees are inside, where they are, and gives clues as to what they are doing. Such information could help scientists understand what is causing bee numbers around the world...

2010-05-17

 bee honey colony scan monitor 3D
Despite their immense size and thick hides, elephants are afraid of bees. Adults can be stung around their eyes or inside their trunks, whilst calves could potentially be killed by a swarm of stinging bees as they have yet to develop a thick protective skin.

2010-04-27

 elephant bee sting communication
Over the past few years, honeybees have suddenly and inexplicably disappeared from colonies that once thrived across the northern parts of the American and European continents. A mysterious malaise has struck down the fittest and most able bees, laying waste to billions and leaving empty hives starved of once industrious workers. But we are no nearer understanding the exact cause of this carnage.

2010-05-17

 mystery bee extinction colony pathogen pest honey
The growing use of mobile telephones is behind the disappearance of honey bees and the collapse of their hives, scientists have claimed.

2010-05-29

 bee extinction mobile phone radiation pollution
The bees, lured by a pheromone-packed scent, attempt to mate with the flowers, but unwittingly carry away pollen after their visit.

2010-04-21

 bee sex orchid pheromone pollen evolution
Bumblebees' distinctive bright yellow and black stripes may not be what keeps them safe from their enemies, scientists say...

2010-05-28

 bee warning stripe predator
US researchers claim to have identified a new potential cause for Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) in honeybees. The disease is responsible for wiping out many beekeepers' entire colonies over the past few years. Scientists from the US Department of Agriculture say the pathogens to blame are a fungus and a family of viruses...

2010-05-26

 fungus virus bee extinction
But paradoxically, the main reason for the success of urban bees is the variety of flora in the city compared with what is now present in much of the countryside.

2010-08-14

 bee extinction flower city Paris
A study has found that bees are better at learning new odours in the morning. This early brain power may have evolved to help the insects sniff out flowering plants and forage for nectar more efficiently.

2010-08-08

 learning morning bee time

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