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20,000 bees chase car for two days because they didn't want to leave their queen

A car was pursued by a loyal 20,000-strong swarm of bees for two days after their queen got trapped in the boot.<p>The disgruntled swarm chased the 4x4 …

Study Says Even City Bees Stick To No Junk Food Diet

Rapid urbanization results to demolition of open spaces and reduced foraging habitat for a number of species. This has forced some of the bees to …

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These days, the Thames isn’t quite the busy thoroughfare depicted in Canaletto’s paintings, but there is still a large amount of water traffic – so I wasn’t especially surprised when I saw a giant topiary monkey making his way up-river last week. My first thought was that he must be heading towards …

How much do you know about bees? - quiz

Despite our professed concern for bees, a YouGov poll for Friends of the Earth found that most of us can’t recognise a honey bee. Take the green group’s quiz to see how much you know<p>• The Great British Bee Count take place from 19 May-30 June<p>How many different species of bees are in the …

New scheme to connect farmers and beekeepers

This week marks the start of the nationwide launch of an innovative new scheme called BeeConnected. The website <b>BeeConnected</b> s specifically developed …

No junk-food diet: Even in cities, bees find flowers and avoid processed sugars

New research from North Carolina State University finds that bees in urban areas stick to a flower-nectar diet, steering clear of processed sugars …

Ecology

Deadly Asian hornets that devour bees and can kill humans 'arrive in Britain'

They are the killer invaders that target bees with their powerful stings and have even caused the deaths of several people in France.<p>Now naturalists' worst fears have been realised with the arrival of deadly Asian hornets in Britain, it has been claimed.<p>It appears the predators - which are around …

Something disturbing is happening to honey bee colonies and scientists can't explain why

AP<p>Honey bees are nearly as essential to our food system as crops themselves.<p>Depending on how the research is conducted, pollinators are needed to …

Ministers reject plan for 'emergency' use of banned bee-harming pesticides

National Farming Union’s application for banned pesticide use on oil seed rape crops is rejected as government rules against neonicotinoids for the first time<p>Ministers have rejected an “emergency” application from the National Farmers Union (NFU) to use banned pesticides on a third of all oilseed …

Cardiff University bid to be 'bee-friendly' campus

<b>Cardiff University has launched a campaign to become one of the UK's first bee-friendly campuses.</b><p>The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals has several research projects on bees - including one using honey to find plant-derived drugs.<p>It has teamed up with charity Buglife to plant pollen-rich …

28% of US bees wiped out this winter, suggesting bigger environmental issues

More than half of beekeepers suffered unsustainable losses, with deadly mite infestations and harmful land management practices piling on pressure<p>More than a quarter of American honeybee colonies were wiped out over the winter, with deadly infestations of mites and harmful land management practices …

Insects

Sticky fingers: The rise of the bee thieves | Brett Murphy

Bees have become a billion-dollar business. But who would try to steal them?<p>The bees crawled up the thief’s arms while he dragged their hive over a patch of grass and through a slit in the wire fence he had clipped minutes earlier. In the pitch dark, his face, which was not covered with a …

Insects

Spread of bee disease 'largely manmade'

<b>The global trade in bees is driving a pandemic that threatens hives and wild bees, UK scientists say.</b><p>A deadly bee disease has spread worldwide through imports of infected honeybees, according to genetic evidence.<p>Stricter controls are needed to protect bees from other emerging diseases, researchers …

Did You Know Humans Have Relied on Bees for 9,000 Years? | National Geographic

New Harvard Study Proves Why The Bees Are All Disappearing

I'm in!<p>The human race is really starting to feel the consequences of their actions. One area we are waking up to is the massive amount of pesticides …

Specieswatch: Tree bumblebee

The British habit of putting up nest boxes for birds has led to a population explosion of the tree bumblebee Bombus hypnorum.<p>This newcomer to Britain was first identified in 2001 when a colony was discovered in the New Forest in Wiltshire. This year it has nested as far west as Truro, in Cornwall, …

Sweet victory for Mexico beekeepers as Monsanto loses GM permit

A small group of beekeepers in Mexico has inflicted a blow on biotech giant Monsanto, which has halted the company’s ambitions to plant thousands of hectares of soybeans genetically modified to resist the company’s pesticide Roundup.<p>A district judge in the state of Yucatán last month overturned a …

The women beekeepers of Cameroon - in pictures

Spotting an opportunity for women like her to earn a simple, additional income, Marianna Tanda Fumsi founded a cooperative of women beekeepers on the outskirts of Bamenda in north west Cameroon in 1997. Ever since, it has been helping women to sell honey to help pay for their children’s …

Bee research tainted by corporate funding, MPs say

Criticial future research on the plight of bees risks being tainted by corporate funding, according to a report from MPs published on Monday. Pollinators play a vital role in fertilising three-quarters of all food crops but have declined due to loss of habitat, disease and pesticide use. New …

Silence of the bees: ‘It has to stop. It just has to stop.’

TORONTO – Davis Bryans is a fourth-generation beekeeper at Munro Honey in Alviston, Ontario. It’s a lifestyle he loves. It may be a long day – 12 to …

Young citizen scientists reveal urban bee 'surprise'

<b>A patch of lavender in a city centre sees more bumblebees than a patch in the country, according to preliminary results from a citizen science project.</b><p>Around 30,000 schoolchildren from 400 schools across the UK did the counts as part of the Big Bumblebee Discovery.<p>The first insights were announced …

Two rare bee species discovered on Cornwall nature reserve

<b>Two rare species of bee have been discovered on a nature reserve in Cornwall, a wildlife trust says.</b><p>Cornwall Wildlife Trust said the tormentil nomad and the tormentil mining bees had been found at its Bartinney reserve near Sennen.<p>Both are moorland species that had seen "dramatic declines" since …

Urban areas are hives for wild bees

The number of wild bee species that were able to adapt to urban habitats surprised the researchers<p><b>A study has found a "considerable richness" of wild bee species in most types of urban habitats.</b><p>French researchers recorded almost a third of the nation's 900 species of wild bees living in towns and …

New beekeeping ‘Centre of Excellence’ officially opened

Taunton Beekeepers’ new centre of excellence at Bradford-on-Tone was officially opened by Taunton MP Jeremy Browne on Saturday July 19.<p>Mr Browne, who …

Wild honey bees: Does their disappearance matter?

Reporter, BBC Nature<p>New research suggests there may be no wild honey bees living in England or Wales, but how much does their disappearance matter?<p>Despite the current international concern at the health of managed honey bee stocks, the existence - and potential benefits - of wild native honey bees …

Bee Foraging Chronically Impaired By Pesticide Exposure Says Study | Environment

<b>Story Views</b><p>Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) workers with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags.<p>Photographer: Richard Gill<p>The study shows how …

The manuka honey scandal

It is a concern for a small yet growing proportion of the nation's shoppers: is the "liquid gold" in my jar worth all the buzz – and the £30 I paid …

BBC Nature - Video collection: Brilliant bees

Springwatch<p>A dedicated bee-keeper has a plan to tackle varroa mites.<p>Chris Packham meets a dedicated apiarist who has a plan to tackle varroa mites by breeding bee colonies that know how to control the infestations.<p>Just what is causing our honey bees to die and can we do anything to help?<p>This clip …

BBC Nature - Bees videos, news and facts

Insect Worlds<p>In the Himalayas, men climb 400 metre high cliffs - risking their lives for honey.<p>In the Himalayas, men climb 400 metre high cliffs to come face-to-face with giant honey bees, risking their lives for a rich food source - honey.<p>Africa<p>Nectar rationing by rainforest flowers means …