High Levels of Insecticide Found in Iowa Streams

A study released today offers evidence that neonicotinoids, the same pesticides associated with honeybee deaths, are now flowing into our water supplies. Neonicotinoids are a kind of insecticide that some scientists say could be causing colony collapse disorder, which endangers bees and agricultural plants alike. » 7/25/14 3:47pm 7/25/14 3:47pm

Honeybees reveal that evolution is stranger than you ever realized

Darwin's idea of natural selection is simple. Good mutations are passed on, because the animals who have them will survive to reproduce. But how do you pass on those good mutations in honeybee colonies, where most bees are sterile workers who never have babies? A group of researchers decided to find out. » 3/06/14 1:47pm 3/06/14 1:47pm

Artist makes gorgeous sculptures in collaboration with bees

Winnipeg artist Aganetha Dyck is fascinated by the power of small animals, and over a decade ago she set out to create art with the help of a bee hive. Working with bee keepers, she set up a special apiary where bees could build their honeycombs on top of dolls and other objects. The results are beautiful and… » 2/20/14 11:35am 2/20/14 11:35am

This video of a honeybee swarm reveals why humans can't form consensus

Every so often, a honeybee queen leaves the hive where she was born to found a new colony. Along with thousands of workers, she has to figure out a good place to live. But how does this huge group decide where to locate their new home? This video reveals their process — and sheds light on human consensus-building too. » 2/13/14 2:43pm 2/13/14 2:43pm

Bee colonies with promiscuous queens have a better chance of survival

Right now, bee colonies are suffering dramatic die-offs. This has implications for food security, since we need bees to fertilize a lot of our staple fruit crops, including apples. Now a new scientific study suggests one way to ensure the health of a hive is to make sure its queen is promiscuous. » 6/27/13 2:21pm 6/27/13 2:21pm

If bees go extinct, this is what your supermarket will look like

Over the past decade, bee populations have been dropping, partly as a result of a disease called colony collapse disorder. This is very bad news for humans, because bees are a crucial part of the reproductive cycle of many of our favorite foods, including apples, onions, avocados, and more. This incredible data… » 6/15/13 2:10pm 6/15/13 2:10pm

Bees pay a steep price for that whole "perpetuating the species" thing

If you're going to be reborn as a worker bee, make sure you don't do it in the summer. That's the time of year when the queen bee demands the most jelly to feed her young, and once that work is done, bees typically die just two weeks later. But in winter, otherwise identical bees can live six to seven months, which… » 4/21/13 5:00pm 4/21/13 5:00pm