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9 extraordinary facts about North America's native bees

From invisibility cloaks to incubating eggs like a hen, bees are a lot more diverse and a lot more incredible than most of us ever realized.<p>We all …

US sets up honey bee loss task force

<b>The White House has set up a taskforce to tackle the decline of honey bees.</b><p>The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the agriculture department will lead the effort, which includes $8m (£4.7m) for new honey bee habitats.<p>Bee populations saw a 23% decline last winter, a trend blamed on the loss …

Bees

Over 4,000 Reasons to Love (and Protect) North America’s Native Bees

Wildlife<p>It has been famously said that it is impossible to avoid thinking of a pink elephant once you’ve been told, <i>“Don’t think of a pink elephant!”</i> Naturally, I’m thinking of one right now; a large, cotton candy colored pachyderm with robust thighs and tiny legs that terminate into an ice-cream …

How Honey Bees Point Their Way To Food

With help from light that humans can't see<p>Honey bees can give each other directions using polarized light as a landmark to find potential food. Light becomes polarized as it reaches us through the atmosphere, but the polarization is typically not seen by the naked human eye. In a new study from the …

Best Rx for bees? Their own honey

<i>By Tia Ghose, LiveScience</i><p>Honey contains chemicals that could help bees ward off parasites and protect them from pesticide damage, new research suggests.<p>The findings, published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggest that the immune-boosting chemicals in honey …

HOW TO: Attracting pollinators: Flowers that encourage bees, butterflies, and birds to visit

Most people have a pretty good idea of what pollen is. Some know it as the fuzzy, fluffy stuff that flies through the air and makes them sneeze from …

Insects

The Politics of Bees Turns Science on its Head -- Europe Bans Neonics While Local Beekeepers, Scientists Say Action is Precipitous

<b>As Jon Entine of the Genetic Literacy Project reports, in a move it says will protect bees, the European Commission announced on Monday that it would impose a two-year ban on neonicotinoid insecticides, although a sharp divide remains whether politics or science is driving this policy …