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Why Cuban Honey Bees are Thriving

In the Matanzas province of Cuba, there’s a penchant for old-fashioned agriculture, which means honey bees can forage and swarm without pesticides affecting their survivability, as they have been elsewhere throughout the world. It’s safe to say that life is pretty great for Cuba’s tiny pollinators, with one man, Rogelio Marcelo Fundora—a mechanical engineer and…

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New App is Aiming to Help Honey Bees

As a way of helping commercial and hobbyist beekeepers track the many environmental stressors honey bees experience, Penn State’s Pollinator Research Center and the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, as well as several other collaborators, developed an app called Beescape, which can be used for monitoring environmental factors around hives, farms, and gardens where…

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Honey Bees Learning the Differences Between Australian and European Art

For insects, honey bees are notoriously intelligent, boasting exceptional navigation skills, communication skills, and the unique ability among insects to comprehend abstract concepts. However, based on recent reports, they may have to add art connoisseur to their repertoire. As part of the Great Australian Bee Challenge from ABC Catalyst, honey bees have been shown to…

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Labrador Trained to Sniff Out Devastating Honey Bee Disease

According to assistant professor Michelle Nappier with the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, dogs “have up to 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses, versus only about six million for us. The part of their brains dedicated to interpreting smell is about 40 times larger than ours.” For this reason, dogs are perfect for inspecting…