This is why keeping our bee populations healthy is so important. A new study looking at rates of crop dependence on pollinators and global malnutrition found that those areas most dependent on pollinators are also the areas most in danger of nutrient deficiencies, especially in Vitamin A and iron. » 9/24/14 1:20pm 9/24/14 1:20pm

Ask An Entomologist Anything You Want About The Disappearance Of Bees

Entomologist May Berenbaum is here today to take our questions about bees, their recent decline, and what we can expect from our pollinators in the future. » 8/06/14 8:20am 8/06/14 8:20am

We May Have Solved the Mystery of the Dying Bees

For over a decade, a disease called colony collapse disorder has been destroying bee populations worldwide. Because bees pollinate many of our staple crops, their deaths threaten our food supplies. Now, new evidence is solidifying a case against the likely culprit in their deaths. » 5/13/14 5:16pm 5/13/14 5:16pm

Why Are So Many Bee Colonies Dying Off In Europe?

We know that honeybee dieoffs have been a problem in America, but what about their European cousins? A new report takes the first comprehensive look at just what is happening to the bee colonies in Europe — and the news is very bad indeed. » 4/11/14 12:16pm 4/11/14 12:16pm

Why is this bee wearing a tiny surveillance device?

Glued to the back of this Australian bee is an RFID chip that can track where it goes, what it eats, and when. But this bug won't be tracking you — instead, it just might save the planet. » 1/16/14 4:45pm 1/16/14 4:45pm

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

Honey bee apocalypse may not be caused by evil corporations after all

We've suspected for quite some time now that cutting-edge insecticides were responsible for the catastrophic hive crashes that are inflicting honey bee populations. But recent evidence suggests that this may not be the case — instead, Colony Collapse Disorder is the result of a highly contagious virus that's being… » 6/08/12 11:06am 6/08/12 11:06am

Parasitic flies turn bees into zombies before wiping them out completely

Something is very wrong with the bees. Since 2006, the mysterious phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder has wiped out countless honeybee colonies throughout Europe and North America, and nobody knows why. But a weird parasite may hold the answer. » 1/03/12 5:00pm 1/03/12 5:00pm

We may save the world's food supply by creating super-bees

For reasons that aren't fully understood, bees are dying off. That could mean disaster for us, since we depend on bees to pollinate crops. The solution? To create disease- and pest-resistant super-bees. What could possibly go wrong? » 7/13/11 3:46pm 7/13/11 3:46pm

Do people know perfectly well what's killing bees?

Many people don't think that the collapse of bee populations is as big a mystery as it's made out to be. An EPA memo, leaked last month, reveals that a commonly used pest-control chemical can disrupt bee colonies. » 1/06/11 5:00pm 1/06/11 5:00pm

Bees Can Remember What Human Faces Look Like

If you ever get into a tense confrontation with a bee, and then you have to back down for whatever reason, don't try to salvage it by saying "Remember the face." Because it turns out bees can do that. » 2/13/10 1:00pm 2/13/10 1:00pm

Massive Honeybee Dieoffs Must Be Addressed Now, Say Scientists

With the number of beehives in the US reduced to nearly a third of what they were 50 years ago, scientists say we can't wait any longer to deal with honeybee mass deaths. The future of farming depends on it. » 1/07/10 2:19pm 1/07/10 2:19pm

Genetic Superbees More Badass Than James Bond

Colony Collapse Disorder has everyone worried that Western honey bees will vanish, leaving our crops un-pollinated, our biscuits un-honeyed, and our ears bereft of the sound of buzzing. One man, however, thinks he might be able to stop the spread of insect diseases and parasitic mites that are probable causes of CCD.… » 11/09/08 4:00pm 11/09/08 4:00pm