Scientists Discover What Makes Worker Bees Sterile

Scientists Discover What Makes Worker Bees Sterile

Did you know that in a honey bee colony the queen is the only female that lays eggs? It’s a pretty big job, being the mother to an entire society of insects. But why can’t the other female bees in the colony – the worker bees – lay eggs, too? This is a question that […]

In Africa, Bees Are Protecting Crops From Roving Pachyderms

In Africa, Bees Are Protecting Crops From Roving Pachyderms

Here in North America, farmers have crows, deer and gophers to contend with in their fields. In Africa, the local pests are a little bigger. In countries such as Kenya and Botswana, elephants have been known to destroy entire fields as they trample crops and forage for food. Over the years, farmers have tried everything […]

Honeybee Researcher Argues the USDA is stifling His Work

Honeybee Researcher Argues the USDA is stifling His Work

Jonathan Lundgren is an entomologist and senior researcher who has worked for the USDA’s Agriculture Research Service for the last 11 years. Now, he is on a two week suspension after filing a whistleblower complaint against the USDA that alleges the organization has impeded his research into the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on pollinators.   […]

A Piece of Good News Emerges for Wild Pollinating Bees

A Rare Piece of Good News Emerges for Wild Pollinating Bees

In recent years, we’ve gotten pretty accustomed to hearing dire warnings about the plight of pollinators. Colony collapse disorder (CCD), a phenomenon we still don’t fully understand, has claimed the lives of millions of honeybees over the course of the past decade. In one year alone (between April 2014 and April 2015), it’s estimated that […]

Students Develop Probiotics to Protect Bees from Pesticides

Students Develop Probiotics to Protect Bees from Pesticides

If you’ve been following our blog, you may remember that back in August we wrote about the devastating impact neonicotinoid pesticides have had on honeybee colonies. Research has demonstrated that these pesticides, which are derived from nicotine, compromise the nervous systems of bees and make it difficult from them to navigate effectively. Worse yet, bees […]

Researchers Rethink the Royal Diet of Queen Bees

Researchers Rethink the Royal Diet of Queen Bees

Why do some bees become queens, while others are relegated to lives as worker bees? It all comes down to their diets.   When female honeybee larvae form, they all have the potential to become queens; a nice thought, but not a sustainable option. A honeybee society consisting entirely of queens would be, well, unproductive. […]

Nicotine Addiction is Compromising Honey Bee Colonies

Nicotine Addiction is Compromising Honey Bee Colonies

The negative effects of nicotine addiction in humans are well understood in the scientific community, but its impact on honeybees is only just recently coming to light. Scientists have been trying to identify a conclusive cause for Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) for years now, and the latest suspect is a class of pesticides derived from […]

Ever Wonder How Bee Swarms Navigate to a New Home?

Ever Wonder How Bee Swarms Navigate to a New Home?

You’re not alone. Scientists have been trying to find a definitive answer to this puzzling question for years. When a swarm sets out for a new home, only about 3 to 4 percent of the bees have actually scouted out the destination in advance. In spite of this remarkable fact, the bees are still able […]

Innovative New Hive Design Aims to Minimize Stress in Bees

Innovative New Hive Design Aims to Minimize Stress in Bees

Take a moment to imagine life as a honey bee. You spend the bulk of your days working tirelessly to harvest pollen and then taking it back to your hive to turn into delicious, nutritious food for your colony. It’s a simple life – one that is, for the most part, pretty quiet. Every now […]

Historic California Drought Hinders Honey Production

Historic California Drought Hindering Honey Production

A decade ago, California was the number-one honey producing state in the nation. Today, California honey accounts for less than 10 percent of America’s annual honey production. This worrisome decline is due in large part to the record-breaking drought that has been ravaging California for the last four years.   In January, Governor Jerry Brown […]