Texas Bee Watchers

By Kim Bacon | All about bees. Identification, bee-friendly plants, biology, evolution, ecology, honey, fossils, history, etc.

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 …

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A Gorgeous App for Getting to Know the World’s Bees

Five years ago, <i>Lasioglossum gotham</i> was discovered buzzing around Brooklyn’s botanical gardens. This little insect, about the size of a rice grain, is …

Local View: The buzz about pollinators and ecotourism

As wild habitat continues to disappear from the landscape, so too do wild pollinators -- the native bees, bats, birds and butterflies that are …

EGSA - Insect Fear Film Festival

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UC Davis specialist earns 'Distinguished Emeritus Award'

World-renowned native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, UC Davis emeritus professor of entomology, is the recipient of the 2015 UC Davis …

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Even more than honey bees, beekeepers are on endangered-species list

Wall Street Journal<p>Orin Johnson checks bee colonies near Hughson, Calif., this month.<p>Orin Johnson, a second-generation beekeeper in California, has started to consider a life without his 500 colonies of honey bees.<p>At 67, he doesn’t work as fast as he once did, and yet his bees require greater …

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Saint Louis University

When the annual orchid show opens Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Missouri Botanical Garden, some of the research of Saint Louis University professors …

Bayer Seeking Bee Leader Nominations

Bayer CropScience is seeking nominations for its third annual Bee Care Community Leadership Award. The award recognizes beekeepers and others who use …

Crown Bees Builds a National Network of Bee Boosters

We must diversify the insects that pollinate our food. Native bees are a great solution.<p>Bees are responsible for one out of three bites of food we …

Pests invade Europe after neonicotinoids ban, with no benefit to bee health

This month, more than 100 natural food brands, including Clif Bar and Stonyfield, joined together in a drive to encourage the Obama Administration to …

Catching the buzz: Researchers key on honeybees

TUCSON — On a sunny September morning in Tucson, Gloria DeGrandi-Hoffman holds up a rectangular wooden frame that houses a colony of honeybees. The …

Loss of honey bees and other pollinators could mean malnutrition for millions around the world

Photo by Flickr user Lucas ZallioNew research from scientists at the University of Vermont and Harvard University demonstrates the devastating impact …

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How to bee friendly to pollinators

At the end of every spring semester, I head home for the summer. While I always love coming home to see my family, I hate hearing a fairly constant …

Exhibit 'Bees: Tiny Insect, Big Impact’ buzzes with fun

To the untrained ear, a bee makes a simple buzz. But some flowers will release their pollen only when a bee sings a specific note to them. If it weren’t for the brilliant bumblebee that knows to hold on tight to a tomato flower and buzz its wings in middle C, we’d live in a sad, sad, salsa-less …

Don't step on those bees!

Not ant hills, bee hills: The bee mounds in the nature strip in Richmond.<p>Little creatures found burrowing in a Richmond front yard could be part of a …

Starving honey bees lose self-control

A study in the journal of the Royal Society <i>Biology Letters</i> has found that starving bees lose their self-control and act impulsively, choosing small …

2017

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European Commission : CORDIS : News and Events : Trending science: Wild bees threatened by virus from commercial bees

Not only are Europe’s bees at risk from environmental pollutants and habitat loss, but it now appears their commercial cousins are capable of …

Cactus flowers are indeed bad girls

"Good girls go to heaven; bad girls go everywhere." Mae West's words came to mind while reading an academic paper on cactus flowers which described …

Heyday — California Bees and Blooms: A Guide for Gardeners and Naturalists

California Bees and Blooms: A Guide for Gardeners and Naturalists<p>Gordon W. Frankie, Robbin W. Thorp, Rollin E. Coville, and Barbara Ertter<p>Discover …

Stung: Lack of wasp research threatens WA agriculture, natives

Experts have warned that a lack of research into European wasps in Australia needs to be addressed as the 'burgeoning problem' threatens crops and …

Managed honeybees linked to new diseases in wild bees

Diseases that are common in managed honeybee colonies are now widespread in the UK's wild bumblebees, according to research published in <i>Nature</i>. The …

UK research finds pesky lawn weeds good for pollinators

For many homeowners, dandelions and white clover are nothing more than a nuisance, but University of Kentucky entomology researchers have found they …