Category Archives: Behavior

Honey Bees Use Wings to Blow Away Invading Ants

Honeybees use their wings to ‘blow away’ marauding ants that venture too close to their nests. Read more

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Honey-bee aggression study suggests nurture alters nature

A new study reveals that changes in gene expression in the brain of the honey bee in response to an immediate threat have much in common with more long-term and even evolutionary differences in honey-bee aggression. The findings lend support … Continue reading

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Researchers reveal how a queen bee’s perfume helps her hold sway in the hive

In an exciting revelation that has potential implications for the apicultural industry, as well as for brain research, University of Otago researchers have succeeded in unravelling one of the mysteries that surround the honey bee queen’s ability to control the … Continue reading

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Honeybees warn of risky flowers

Honeybees warn each other to steer clear of dangerous flowers where they might get killed by lurking predators. Read more

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Bees and ants ‘operate in teams’

Bees and ants are true team players unlike other creatures who seek safety in numbers for selfish reasons, according to researchers. Read More

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Bees Prefer Shortest Distance Between Two Flowers

Insects such as honeybees and bumble bees are predictable in the way they move among flowers, typically moving directly from one flower to an adjacent cluster of flowers in the same row of plants. The bees’ flight paths have a … Continue reading

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Flight of the bumble (and honey) bee

Insects such as honeybees and bumble bees are predictable in the way they move among flowers, typically moving directly from one flower to an adjacent cluster of flowers in the same row of plants. Read More

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A honeybee tells two from three

Honeybees know a thing or two, or three. Even when tricky scientists make those things look different. Read More

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Cocaine Makes You Altruistic, Say Scientists

Bees that are high on cocaine behave more altruistically than sober bees do. Scientists report today in The Journal of Experimental Biology that coked-up bees are much more enthusiastic about helping other bees find food. Read More

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Deciphering honeybee dances and stock market swings

What do dancing honeybees and stock markets have in common? At first glance, not much. But both are complicated dynamic systems that are extremely difficult to model — until now. An MIT graduate student has developed a methodology for automatically … Continue reading

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