Category Archives: Behavior

Giant honeybee migration

Giant honey bees (Apis dorsata) of southern Asia are vital honey producers and pollinators of cultivated crops and wild plants. They are known to migrate seasonally up to 200 km. It has been assumed their migrations occur stepwise, with stops … Continue reading

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Job Swapping Changes Honeybee DNA

Honeybees in a hive have fairly identical genes. The queen is the mother, a very few drones are the fathers, and those drones are closely related to each other anyway. But “epigenetic” changes in the DNA, those that switch genes … Continue reading

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Honeybees shown to speak directly to hornet

This species of bee has figured out a way to speak very clearly to their gravest threat, as the researchers describe in their paper published in Animal Behavior, by banding together and shaking their abdomens. Read more

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Study: Bees can follow sun on cloudy days

Bees can navigate using the sun even on cloudy days using clues from polarized light to determine the hidden sun’s position, Australian researchers say. Read more

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Honeybees are ‘cleverer’ in the morning: study

Honeybees are better at learning new odours in the morning and the early-rising bee catches the best flower and the best meal, a new study has found. Read more

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Even workers can produce queen bees!

Cape honeybee workers (Apis mellifera capensis) can produce a new queen at any time, new Australian research reveals. Read more

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Australian bees ‘mummify’ their beetle enemy alive

A species of bee in Australia has found a gruesome way to deal with a parasitic interloper that can damage its hives. Read more

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Bees Release Deadly Odor That Shortens Sibling Lifespans

Here’s one way to get back at your sibling: Release a deadly odor. Honeybee researchers have discovered the first example of a pheromone that shortens the lifespan of other family members — in this case, older sisters. Read more

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Physicist gets buzz from better bee behaviour model

A physicist at the University of Manchester has paved the way for better research into how honey bees choose where to live. Read more

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UI professor who studies bees wins Pioneer Award

A University of Illinois scientist who studies bees to gain insights into the human mind has won the National Institutes of Health’s Pioneer Award, which will provide $2.5 million over five years for his research. Read more

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