Category Archives: Behavior

Bees: a crystal ball for telling the present, not the future

Blowing into a glass bubble that holds buzzing bees sounds a little kooky. But according to Portugue se artist Susana Soares, doing so could help detect disease and monitor fertility cycles. Read More

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Honeybees play follow-the-leaders

Flying high and fast, elite streaker honeybees lead the way to a new hive Read More

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Maths helps bees read the waggle dance

When honeybees dance to point their hivemates towards nectar-rich flowers, they waggle in a slightly different direction each time. It is sometimes claimed that this variability benefits the hive by helping bees locate new resources, but an experiment by David … Continue reading

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Bees Can Count

Honeybees are clever little creatures. They can form abstract concepts, such as symmetry versus asymmetry, and they use symbolic language – the celebrated waggle dance – to direct their hivemates to flower patches. New reports suggest that they can also … Continue reading

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Quantum Honeybees

How could bees of little brain come up with anything as complex as a dance language? The answer could lie not in biology but in six-dimensional math and the bizarre world of quantum mechanics. Read More

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Swamp-fire smoke may have lowered bees’ honey production

Smoke from the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge hung over Joe Taylor’s hives and many others in Hampton Roads for weeks this spring and summer. Taylor and others think that could have kept the insects inside when they otherwise … Continue reading

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Monogamy Is Responsible for the Evolution of Bees

For decades, a divisive debate has raged among biologists over the evolution of eusocial insects—those that thrive in cooperative societies of queens, workers and drones Read More

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Altruism in social insects is a family affair

The contentious debate about why insects evolved to put the interests of the colony over the individual has been re-ignited by new research from the University of Leeds, showing that they do so to increase the chances that their genes … Continue reading

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Scientists: Honeybees able to learn different “dialects”

Honeybees are able to understand the foreign languages communicated through the dances of bees from different continents, scientists from China, Australia and Germany have found. Read More

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Orchid lures bees with promise of sex with strangers

Male bees with an urge to add to the gene pool are exploited by orchids that pose as irresistibly scented exotic females, new research suggests. Read More

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