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Local honey bees adapt better

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 12:42

Bees that are adapted to the local environment fare better at meeting challenges than bees purchased from a different home area, researchers have found.

How spider toxin can protect crops from insects

Last Updated: Friday, July 11, 2014, 19:21

In a discovery that offers new ways to protect crops from insects, researchers have found that insecticides can be designed to target specific pests without harming beneficial species like bees.

`Bee-harming` pesticides also hit bird populations: Study

Last Updated: Thursday, July 10, 2014, 09:17

Already suspected of killing bees, so-called "neonic" pesticides also affect bird populations, possibly by eliminating the insects they feed upon, a Dutch study said on Wednesday.

Obama launches plan to save hardworking honey bees

Last Updated: Sunday, June 22, 2014, 15:05

President Barack Obama has launched a determined effort to save some of America`s busiest workers, the honey bees, crucial for the food industry and contributes a whopping USD 15 billion in value to agricultural crops.

Bees can be more important than fertiliser?

Last Updated: Saturday, June 14, 2014, 12:15

Insects play a key role in the pollination of cultivated plants, and a new study suggests that they can be even more important than fertiliser.

Spider venom may save bees: Study

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 04, 2014, 05:42

Venom from one of the world`s most poisonous spiders may help save the world`s honeybees, providing a biopesticide that kills pests but spares the precious pollinators, a study said.

Fish more prone to crashes than bees

Last Updated: Thursday, May 29, 2014, 11:40

Researchers have said that swimming fish do not appear to use their collision warning system in the same way as flying insects.

Bumblebees capable of learning feats for treats

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 21:25

Researchers have said that bumblebees, despite having tiny brains, are capable of some remarkable learning feats, especially when they might get a tasty reward.

US woman hurt after attack by 80,000 `killer` bees

Last Updated: Sunday, March 09, 2014, 11:58

A 71-year-old woman in the US was badly hurt after she was attacked by a massive swarm of 80,000 `killer` bees which stung her more than 1,000 times.

Urban bees turning to plastic waste to build hives

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 13:51

Ever heard of bees who use plastic bags and plastic building materials to construct their nests? There are some and this shows how they have adapted to the human world with time.

Single gene in bees separates queen from workers

Last Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2014, 14:11

Scientists have identified how a single gene in honey bees separates the queens from the workers.

Bees fitted with camera backpacks to check why colonies are collapsing

Last Updated: Thursday, January 16, 2014, 13:26

Researchers have fitted bees with tiny sensors so that they can monitor and study their drastically diminishing populations.