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Suffering for science: why I have insects sting me to create a pain index

Photo: Tom Ervin/ Getty Images.<p>Over the past 40 years (but in reality since I was five years old), I've been fascinated with insects and their ability to sting and cause pain. In graduate school, I became interested in why they sting and why stings from such tiny animals hurt so much.<p>To answer …

Southern Oregon University Becomes Bee Campus USA

By William Babishoff, Staff Writer<p>Added by Julie Akins on April 16, 2015.<br>Saved under Featured<p><i>The pedigree of honey Does not concern the bee; A</i> …

Insects

Tour features Sacramento-area gardens gone native

David and Rebecca Pardee went native and never looked back. And now they’re enjoying the benefits of gardening on the wild side.<p>With petals like rays …

Lawn Mowing

Bee landscapes: 'Habitat is everything to pollinators'

The dramatic loss of honeybees to changing land use, viruses and pesticides is alarming, and they are irreplaceable as pollinators. But you can …

Ecology

pollinators. Bees, butterflies, bats, birds, and beetles are all crucial to sustaining plant growth, and in fact nearly two-thirds of the foods we often consume are pollinated by bees alone. Doing your part to keep these creatures healthy in turn ensures a nutritious food supply for you and me. Honey bees are responsible for pollinating more than 100 crops and one out of every three bites of food Americans eat. These foods give our diet diversity, flavor, and nutrition. Over the past few decades, there has been a significant loss of pollinator habitat and pollinators, including honey bees, native bees, birds, bats, and butterflies, from the environment. Declining pollinator populations across the country pose a threat to our environment, economy and human health, but supporting pollinators is not hard to do.

Posted by Annie Ceccarini, The People’s Garden Initiative and USDA Farmers Market in Initiatives<p>Apr 06, 2015<p>The USDA’s People’s Garden team is …

Aresty project seeks to increase understanding of bees

With bee populations diminishing in size, researchers across the country are trying to find ways to save bees from disappearing altogether.<p>Daniel …

Zigzaging mason bees pollinate plants before honeybees

The gardening season is young, but mason bees are out for their short but productive foray into the blooms of your backyard.<p>These solitary native …

Gardening

Native pollinator meadows to open at UNCA

<i>By Lillian Mercho</i><p>A honeybee’s sense of smell is so precise that it can differentiate among hundreds of floral varieties and tell whether a flower …

Ecology

Bring on the bugs! (at Picnic Day)

A picnic without bugs just isn’t a picnic. Ask any entomologist.<p>When the 100th Picnic Day takes place at UC Davis on Saturday, visitors will see …

Insects

Nicotine-like insecticides may be luring bees to their poisoning, study finds

Honey Bees

Scientists Buzzing with Excitement after Bumblebee Genome Sequenced | GEN

Click Image To Enlarge +<p>Due to a large collaborative effort, the genomes of two important pollinating bumblebees have been sequenced and compared …

Ecology

Bumblebee genomes give insights into threats to pollinators

The first full genome sequences of two bumblebee species are published this week in the open access journal <i>Genome Biology</i>. They give insights into …

Ecology

Tasteless pesticides affect bees in the field | Nature

Altmetric: 83<p>Citations: 11<p>More detail<p>News & Views<p>Ecology: Tasteless pesticides affect bees in the field<p>Nigel E. Raine<br>• & Richard J. …

Wild Bees Catch Honeybee Disease

Deformed wing virus (DMV), a disease that affects commercial honeybees, can also infect wild bumblebees and shorten their life span, researchers …

Ecology

Bees Do It (For Now): Biologist’s Research May Lead to Building a Better Vibrator

ITHACA, NY — Bee pollination is a big deal. Just think about the buzz surrounding colony collapse disorder and the effects it could have on …

Ecology

Volunteers get a real buzz from bee discovery

An elusive bee made an appearance at White Coppice to the delight of naturalists who were beginning to doubt its existence at the beauty spot.<p>More …

Insects

A bumblebee vanishes

Almost every bumblebee you see this year will be dead before the year's end. That's normal.<p>Bumble bees are burly — even brawny. But, with the …

Trees that attract bees: Gardening Q&A with George Weigel

Trees contribute pollen to a bee's diet. Here's a list of eight of the best bee-friendly trees for central-Pennsylvania landscapes.

Pennsylvania

How bee friendly is your garden? -Great British Bee Count 2015

<b>Gardeners are being urged to see how bee-friendly their garden or allotment is by taking part in the Great British Bee Count 2015.</b><p>Organised by …

Gardening

Making Sacramento a haven for honeybees

This buzz is all over town.<p>Sacramento now is officially a “honeybee haven,” thanks to a City Council resolution. Passed in early March, the measure …

Insects

Extension agent urges gardeners to ‘think like a bee’

ONTARIO — “Bee Friendly.”<p>That is the slogan for a regional campaign to protect and increase populations of bees, which are important to plant growth, …

Ecology

Bee-friendly plants and pest management strategies – Part 1

Bee-friendly plants and pest management strategies – Part 1<p>What does “bee-friendly” mean and how can ornamental plant growers produce plants that are …

Insects

Blue Orchard Bee Shows Promise As An Alternative Pollinator In Almonds

Blue orchard bee is easier to work with than honeybee. Photo courtesy of Derek Artz, USDA-ARS.<p>Call it mason bee or blue orchard bee. <i>Osmia lignaria</i> is …

Insects

What's It's Like to Be a Bee? This Exhibit Will Help You Find Out

Rath and a sound artist, Robert Hoehn, flew out to Nevada and saw the work Leonard was doing on native bumble bees. "A Better Nectar" grew out of …

Opinion | Pollinating bees can be my guest at my home

Pollinating bees can be my guest at my home<p>OpinionMar 16, 2015 by Stephanie Sobek-SwantWaterloo Region Record<p>Even though this winter isn't as bad as …

Gardening

Flower-enriched farms boost bee populations

Related images<br>(click to enlarge)<p>Flower strips sown into farmers' fields not only attract bees but increase their numbers, new University of Sussex …

Ecology

Health of Bees and Glaciers Linked

The Tibetan plateau, the earth’s highest and largest plateau, sometimes called the “Roof of the World,” and its immediately surrounding mountains …

Ecology

Bumblebees show preference for road-facing hedgerows

The pollination service provided by bumblebees on the field-side boundaries of hedgerows may be limited because farming methods are having a negative …

Ecology