queen honey bees, genetic diversity, honeybees

Pesticides Could Mean Less Genetic Diversity in Bees

In 2006, the arrival of the unexplainable, unexpected colony collapse disorder spooked enough individuals in the United States and beyond into taking notice of the plight of honey bees and various other pollinators, such as monarch butterflies, hummingbirds, and native wild bee species. While some debated the veracity of one specific cause being the reason…

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honeybee virus defenses, colony health, Sydney

Scientist Reports Key Findings in Honeybee Antiviral Defenses

Dr. Laura Brutscher, a honeybee researcher with a doctorate in immunology and microbiology, recently published a study in the journal Scientific Reports detailing the mechanisms honey bees use in order to fight viruses. According to Brutscher, “This project has taken a lot of patience, time, and perseverance, so it’s personally validating to know that my…

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hive viruses, honey bees, pollination

Massachusetts College Testing for Hive Viruses

As we begin transitioning from warmer weather and into winter temperatures, known to be less than friendly when it comes to honeybees and their numbers, concerns from beekeepers about their colonies’ chances of survival are greater than ever. Out in Amherst, Massachusetts, several bee experts from the University of Massachusetts are contributing to the efforts…

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Asian hornets, honey bees, pheromone

Scientists Use Pheromone to Control Honeybee Predator

For the past ten years, Asian hornets, which are predatory insects that currently have widespread, expanding populations, have effectively invaded sections of both Europe and the Korean Peninsula. This particular type of hornet, or Vespa velutina as its scientific name designates, has been mounting quite the reputation, specifically as a rapidly proliferating species that preys…

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Asian hornet, honeybees

Invading Asian Hornet Has UK Worried About Bees

Honeybees and similar pollinators all over the world are facing many dangerous fronts when it comes to their survival—pesticides, malnutrition, diseases, pathogens, lack of habitat, and so forth. The honeybee populations of some countries have more geographically specific problems, such as those within the United Kingdom. The issue for the UK’s honeybees involves an invading…

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pollinator garden, honeybees

Making a Pollinator Garden in Honor of National Honeybee Day

During this past week, specifically August 19, National Honey Bee Day was welcomed, serving as a chance to educate the general public regarding the various concerns honeybees face in their everyday survival. Such education included the factors influencing the decline of honeybee populations, such as pesticides, lack of habitat and forage, and varroa mites. Officially started…

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bee colonies, honeybees, pollinators, pesticides

Bee Colonies Shown to Be Increasing

After studying the considerable losses in honeybee colonies in recent years, authorities, including the Department of Agriculture, had stipulated that the causes behind the decline were disease and parasites, leading to the mysterious phenomenon colony collapse disorder (CCD). The average loss in 2016 reported by beekeepers among their commercial hives, per the U.S. Agriculture Department,…

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