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'Vulture bees' have quit pollen to feed their babies rotting meat — a mystery to scientists

Vulture bees in Costa Rica dining on raw chicken bait.Quinn McFrederick/UCR "Vulture bees" have evolved to eat meat instead of relying on pollen like other bees. Scientists hung raw chicken in Costa Rica and watched vulture bees fill their leg pouches and stomachs with it. They found acid-producing microbes in the bees' guts. Acid helps vultures and hyenas digest carrion. A group of scientists biked around Costa Rica's tropical forests, hanging chunks of raw chicken from the trees, in...
Tags: Meat, Science, News, Trends, Gut Bacteria, Bees, Kenya, Costa Rica, Honey, French Guiana, UCR, University of California Riverside UCR, Morgan McFall Johnsen, Quinn McFrederick, Jessica Maccaro, Maccaro

EU ships banned bee-killing pesticides to South Africa and other countries

Neonicotinoid, manufactured by Syngenta and Beyer, is banned in the European Union because it kills pollinators and causes other environmental harms The post EU ships banned bee-killing pesticides to South Africa and other countries appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: UK, Environment, Eu, European Union, Bees, South Africa, Syngenta, Bayer, Pollination, Bans, Greenpeace UK, Main, Beyer, Top Six, Neonicotinoid Pesticides, Public Eye

Bees have mouths, but they must scream with their bodies

Apparently Asian honeybees scream by furiously rubbing their wings together. As the inimitable Sabrina Imbler writes for The New York Times: In a paper published Wednesday in the journal Royal Society Open Science, researchers describe the Asian honeybee's unique acoustic signal, which is called an antipredator pipe. — Read the rest
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Become A Citizen Scientist TODAY!

Friday, October 1, 2010 At 03:23PM I admire high schools that require their students to do some kind of community service in order to graduate. I think we should all volunteer for community service at least once during our lives and preferably more than once. I also think that schools should require students to become  citizen scientists.  Perhaps elementary schools could adapt a citizen scientist requirement for graduation. They might if they knew what it meant to be a citizen scientist, ...
Tags: Jane Kirkland, Sightings, Backyard Birds, Bees, Citizen Scientist, Fireflies, Frogs, Wildflowers, Cornell, National Wildlife Federation, Cornell Laboratory, Citizen Scientist Programs

Watch: honeybees freak out when a pair of huge murder hornets raid their colony

Vespa mandarinia, also known as "murder hornets," are a menace to bees. They "can brutally attack and wipe out entire honeybee colonies in hours," reports Smithsonian Magazine. "Once the hornets infiltrate a nest, they remove the hive's brood and take bee larvae and pupae back to their nests to feed their own young." — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Video, News, Bees, Wasps, Social Insects, Smithsonian Magazine Once

‘We saw everyone drop’: bee swarm stops play in New Zealand cricket match

Players and umpires dropped like flies as bees descended on a Plunket Shield match between Wellington and CanterburyIt’s usually rain that stops play in New Zealand, but on Sunday it was the unfamiliar sight of a swarm of bees that brought a halt to the cricket being played at Wellington’s Basin Reserve.Players and umpires dropped like flies as they took cover from the descending bees on the relative safety of the oval’s turf on the opening day of the Plunket Shield match between Wellington and ...
Tags: Sport, Bees, Cricket, New Zealand, Wellington, Canterbury Continue, Plunket Shield, Basin Reserve Players

‘No one knew they existed’: wild heirs of lost British honeybee found at Blenheim

The ‘ecotype’, thought to have been wiped out by disease and invasive species, is thriving in the estate’s ancient woodlandsThousands of rare forest honeybees that appear to be the last wild descendants of Britain’s native honeybee population have been discovered in the ancient woodlands of Blenheim Palace.The newly discovered subspecies, or ecotype, of honeybee is smaller, furrier and darker than the honeybees found in managed beehives, and is believed to be related to the indigenous wild honey...
Tags: Environment, Bees, Britain, Wildlife, Conservation, Endangered Species, Insects, Blenheim Palace, Blenheim

The heat is on: from the Arctic to Africa, wildlife is being hit hard by climate chaos

Global heating affects fertility, immunity and behaviour – often with lethal results – and the problems are getting worseSweating, headaches, fatigue, dehydration – the ways heat exhaustion affects the human body are well documented. As temperatures inch up year by year we need to change the way we live, creating cooler places that provide refuge from heat.But what about wildlife? We know mass die-offs are becoming more common as heatwaves sweep terrestrial and marine ecosystems, but incremental...
Tags: Animals, Africa, Environment, World news, Birds, Bees, Wildlife, Arctic, Endangered habitats, Climate Crisis

‘Climate change is hitting us’: French beekeepers expect worst honey harvest in half a century

Bad weather hits production across Europe as flowering seasons become earlier and shorterFrench beekeepers expect their worst harvest in decades as unseasonably cold and wet weather due to climate change has prevented bees from producing honey.Beekeepers association UNAF said that based on information received from regional associations it expects the honey harvest for 2021 to come in at 7,000 to 9,000 tonnes, or about a third of the 2020 harvest. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Climate Change, France, Environment, Bees, Insects, UNAF

Australia’s ‘black summer’ bushfires pushed 11 bee species closer to extinction

Eleven species are now eligible to be listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s red list of threatened speciesThe devastating 2019–20 bushfires had a significant impact on native Australian bees, threatening 11 species, according to new research.Australian scientists have analysed the effect of the fires on 553 Australian native bee species – one-third of all bee species discovered in the country to date. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia, Environment, World news, Australia news, Bees, Insects, International Union For Conservation Of Nature, Bushfires

10 great city projects for nature – from vertical forests to a ‘gangsta garden’

Around the world, architects, activists and communities are finding ways to bring wildlife into urban areasMany readers have noticed wildflowers thriving in urban areas as city councils decide to let grass grow wild. These colourful little patches may seem like window dressing in the face of vast decline, but across the world people are welcoming wildlife into cities, where more than half of us live. Here is a look at 10 of the most exciting and innovative urban biodiversity projects popping up....
Tags: Environment, Cities, Bees, Wildlife, Conservation, Biodiversity, Insects, Garden cities, Urban Wildlife

A swarm of bees killed dozens of endangered African penguins by targeting their eyes

Boulders Beach penguins. Peter Bischoff/Getty Images Dozens of endangered South African penguins have been killed by a swarm of bees. The birds were part of a famous colony of penguins who live near Cape Town, South Africa. The discovery has puzzled scientists. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Dozens of were killed by a swarm of honeybees on a beach outside of Cape Town last week, according to the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (Sanccob)....
Tags: Science, Trends, Bees, South Africa, News UK, Cape Town, Penguins, Times, Town, Iucn, Simon, David Roberts, Cape Town South Africa, Roberts, Peter Bischoff Getty, UK Weekend

Washington to destroy third murder hornet nest in battle to save bees

Washington state agriculture department to eradicate nest of Asian giant hornets, which can ‘slaughter’ a beehive in hoursA third Asian giant hornet nest was discovered in Washington state, a day after entomologists discovered a second. Related: 'They give me the willies': scientist who vacuumed murder hornets braces for fight Continue reading...
Tags: Washington, Environment, US news, Bees, Wildlife, Washington State, Insects

Campaigners threaten France with legal action over use of pesticides

Widespread use of chemicals that can harm wildlife means French state has failed to protect the country’s flora and fauna, say NGOSThe French government is being threatened with court action by two NGOs who accuse it of failing to meet its obligations to protect nature.Notre Affaire à Tous and Pollinis have issued an ultimatum to the French state for failing to tackle the biodiversity crisis by implementing adequate laws and regulations. The announcement was made at the IUCN world conservation c...
Tags: Europe, Law, France, Animals, Environment, World news, Bees, Wildlife, Conservation, Pesticides, Farming, Marseille, Biodiversity, Insects, Iucn

"Office workers who were sent home during pandemic lockdowns often sought refuge in nature, tending to houseplants, setting up bird feeders..."

"... and sitting outdoors with their laptops. Now, as companies try to coax skittish employees back to the office and building owners compete for tenants when vacancy rates are soaring, many have hit on the idea of making the office world feel more like the natural world. The effort seeks to give office workers access to fresh air, sunlight and plants, in tune with the concept of biophilia, which says humans have an innate connection with nature. Designs that include nature are shown to promote ...
Tags: Psychology, Texas, Law, Labor, Birds, Bees, Ann Althouse

Watch digger bees build sandcastles on California beaches

In this Deep Look video below, learn about the biology of beach bees! Bumble bee mimicking Digger Bees (Anthophora bomboides stanfordiana) are beach bums, hanging out on the sands of Northern California and Oregon. Once they've mated, the females spend the spring digging their nests into sandy cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Biology, California, Bees, Pacific Ocean, Beaches, Northern California

One man dead after hundreds of stings from Arizona bee swarm

Two people required hospital treatment after being stungLarge open hive thought to weigh 100lb found nearbyOne man died and two people required hospital treatment after they were stung “hundreds of times” by swarming bees near Tucson, Arizona this week. Related: Decimated by famine, Florida’s manatees face an uncertain future Continue reading...
Tags: Florida, Animals, Environment, World news, US news, Bees, Wildlife, Arizona, Insects, Tucson Arizona

Appalachian Beekeeping Collective boosts pollinators and supports beekeepers

Oh, honey. This ultra-sweet concoction is nature’s candy, a product of hardworking bees. It can be controversial among plant-based eaters, but the reality is we can enjoy this natural sweetener if we learn to live in harmony with the bees. Unfortunately, bees are in trouble. Bee hives have decreased about 60% since the 1940s, and these important pollinators are only facing more crises as the planet heats up. Organizations like Appalachian Beekeeping Collective are here to help. Appalachian Beek...
Tags: Design, Abc, West Virginia, Bees, Conservation, Brian, Johnson, Kevin Johnson, Bethlehem, Mark, Beekeepers, Anne, APPALACHIA, Colleen, Raine, Beekeeping

Mayan Bee Sanctuary: Cozumel’s Treasure Trove of Bees

In Cozumel, Mexico, a visit to the Mayan Bee Sanctuary provides an interesting experience learning about the local bees, the Mayan traditions and local honey.
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Bees, North America, Cozumel, Cozumel Mexico, Mayan Bee

Bees buzzing on caffeine are better at their jobs, a study finds

Humans aren't the only animals who benefit from a shot of caffeine before heading off to work. A new study published in Current Biology shows that bumble bees also benefit – working more efficiently and with improved memory – when buzzing on a dose of the good stuff. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Bees, Bumble Bees, Morning Buzzes

Caffeine may help bumblebees pollinate more effectively, study shows

Experiment using caffeine concoction on bees’ nests may help farmers ensure crops are pollinatedThe caffeine in the morning coffee that primes many humans for the day appears to inject bumblebees with a similar dose of purpose, helping them pollinate more effectively, a study has found.The impact of the climate crisis, habitat loss and pesticide use has strained wild pollinator populations, including bees, moths, wasps, butterflies, beetles and birds. As a result, some fruit growers have resorte...
Tags: Animals, Environment, World news, Bees, Wildlife, Insects

Biodiversity bonanza! Why it is time to let weeds go wild in our gardens

The Royal Horticultural Society has just awarded a gold medal to a garden full of ragwort and other weeds – and there are some clear benefits to letting nature take its courseName: Weed gardens.Age: Possibly older than actual gardens. Continue reading...
Tags: Environment, Bees, Biodiversity, Insects, Gardens, Wild Flowers, Royal Horticultural Society

The insect apocalypse: ‘Our world will grind to a halt without them’

Insects have declined by 75% in the past 50 years – and the consequences may soon be catastrophic. Biologist Dave Goulson reveals the vital services they performI have been fascinated by insects all my life. One of my earliest memories is of finding, at the age of five or six, some stripy yellow-and-black caterpillars feeding on weeds in the school playground. I put them in my empty lunchbox, and took them home. Eventually they transformed into handsome magenta and black moths. This seemed like ...
Tags: Food, Science, Biology, Environment, Birds, Bees, Thailand, Wildlife, Conservation, Pesticides, New Zealand, Patagonia, Biodiversity, Insects, Butterflies, Borneo

A bee: before it dies, its mouth opens and closes, kissing the ground | Helen Sullivan

Its favourite thing to do is to crawl inside a flower, where petals turn light pink, yellow or redA small girl is eating ice cream. She is at a lake, “Zoo Lake”, in the middle of a city. People who live nearby hear the Zoo’s lions roaring at night. (A world and a century away, in Innisfree, Yeats lives “alone in the bee-loud glade”.)The principal activities at this lake are learning to ride bikes, riding bikes, and walking. Ice-cream sellers pedal their cooler boxes round and round the water. Be...
Tags: Environment, Bees, Insects, Helen Sullivan, Innisfree Yeats

Book Review: The Secret Lives of Garden Bees

This week is Bees’ Needs Week, an annual event coordinated by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and involving charities, businesses, conservation groups and academic institutions to raise awareness of bees and other pollinators. So what better time to remind you about this book? I had no idea there were so many different kinds of bees! The Secret Life of Garden Bees by Jean Vernon (published by White Owl) really opened my eyes to the vast variety of these endearing and invalu...
Tags: Facebook, Books, Gardening, Science, Featured, Bees, Britain, Wildlife, Department for Environment Food Rural Affairs, Pollinators, Graham Rice, White Owl, Fishing And Pets, Books On Bees, Jean Vernon, Secret Lives Of Garden Bees

Bee-friendly urban wildflower meadows prove a hit with German city dwellers

Countrywide scheme is flourishing after being set up to reverse a 75% decline in insect populationsTo escape the Berlin bustle on a summer afternoon, all that Derek O’Doyle and his dog Frida have to do is lap the noisy building site outside their inner-city apartment, weave their way through the queue in front of the ice-cream van, and squeeze between two gridlocked lorries to cross over Baerwaldstrasse.Bordered by a one-way traffic system lies a bucolic 1,720 sq metre haven as colourful as a Mo...
Tags: Europe, Germany, Berlin, Environment, World news, Cities, Bees, Wildlife, Conservation, Insects, Derek O'Doyle, Baerwaldstrasse Bordered

Q&A Sessions: Meet Mokgadi Mabela — the DJ, beekeeper and mother delivering sweet, sweet honey from Native Nosi

Mokgadi Mabela is the bee lady whose love for good honey has blossomed into a business. She tells us about her genius dad and her late introduction to bees The post Q&A Sessions: Meet Mokgadi Mabela — the DJ, beekeeper and mother delivering sweet, sweet honey from Native Nosi appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Business, Music, Reading, Anxiety, Bees, Farming, Faith, National, Honey, Djing, Bee Hives, Beekeeping, Q&A Sessions, Subs-only, Mokgadi Mabela, Native Nosi

Scream-Detecting Drones Could Save You

Screaming into the void may be a thing of the past. A team of researchers said this week that they’ve developed a system that would allow rescuers to fly drones over disaster areas and identify the sounds of people trapped who are screaming for help.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Environment, Articles, Drone, Bees, Screaming, Science and Technology, Microphone, Beekeeping, Emerging Technologies, Insect Reproduction, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, Technology Internet, Disaster Accident, Macarena Varela

​Researchers breed a fungus that kills mites to save bees

Honeybee colony collapse is due in part to Varroa mites that weaken honey bee immune systems. Chemicals that were once effective against the mites are no longer working as well.Researchers are stepping in with a newly cultured fungus that goes after the mites without bothering the bees. Honey bees are vitally important to agriculture — by some estimates, they're responsible for pollinating more than 80 crops, adding up to about one third of the crops that we eat. The USDA says they add at least...
Tags: Biology, Animals, Usda, Bees, Innovation, Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency, Insects, WSU, Paul Stamets, Colony Collapse, Honeybee, Star Trek Discovery, Washington State University WSU, Sammy Ramsey, Steve Sheppard

Battling Bees: Thousands Rounded Up In Fair Oaks Neighborhood

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