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New project to support bee friendly farming

The company Noosa yoghurt has announced a project called Blooms for Bees which is designed to support and help to sustain honeybee populations through improvements to farming.

National Honeybee Day focuses on conservation

National honeybee day is celebrated each in the U.S. This year the day falls on August 20. Due to the decline in bee populations around the world, the focus for 2016 is on bee conservation.

Saving bees: France's thriving city hives offer token help

Lille - Urban rooftops are buzzing across France, but the fad for beekeeping from Montpellier to Lille to Paris -- including atop AFP's headquarters -- will do little do reverse declining bee populations, experts say.

Study: Insecticide cuts bee sperm by nearly 40 percent

A new study revealed that two insecticides, one banned in various European nations but still used in America, can reduce the sperm of honeybees.

Bees spit water at each other to cool down

New York - It's very hot weather so it's natural to seek air conditioning. Bees, it has recently been revealed, have a natural way to keep cool. Some bees have been observed spitting water at each other.

How can the Internet help save the bees?

Wurz - Around the world bee populations are in decline, a result of pesticides, mite infestation and climate change. The Internet could help in the battle to save the bees.

Keep the Hives Alive Tour kicks off

A new campaign, focused on protecting bees in the U.S., has been launched. Called ‘Keep the Hives Alive Tour’, the June 2016 initiative is focused raising awareness about the plight of mass bee die-offs and other pollinators.

Female honeybees ‘doing it’ without males

Cape Town - Researchers have discovered an isolated population of honeybees in South Africa that appear capable to asexual reproduction. To get to the bottom of this, the genomes of the bees have been sequenced and with it the mystery is revealed.

Long-term study of honeybees reveals troubling trends

U.S. researchers have completed a five year study of honeybees and parasitic infections. The results are alarming for the future health of bee populations.

U.S. government concludes neonicotinoids harm bees

The U.S. government has noted that the most widely used pesticide in the world is harmful to honeybees. However, in Europe, a ban on the use of the chemical could be lifted.

Sexual rebellion and murder among the bees

Paris - Scientists revealed Wednesday the trigger that can plunge a colony of obedient and sterile worker bees dutifully serving their queen into a chaotic swarm of sexual rebellion and regicide.

U.S. crop reduction a consequence of bee decline

The first national study of bee populations in the U.S. has produced some alarming statistics about the rate of decline. The consequences of this for agriculture could be substantial.

Butterflies could be affected by neonics

London - It is not only bees that are at risk from the use by farmers of neonic pesticides, but butterflies too, according to a new study.

First beekeepers lived in prehistoric times

Humans have kept bees for centuries — just how long has been a matter of debate. New research has traced back the first beekeepers to prehistoric times.

Stingless bee must eat fungi to survive

Rio - A new study into the stingless bee of Brazil has found the bee needs to consume a special type of fungus when in the larval state to survive. Without the fungus, larvae die.

Honey bee queens vulnerable to neonicotinoid insecticides

Bern - Poor queen health is one reason for the collapse of bee colonies around the world, and the extent of colony collapse disorder is growing. New research shows that honey bee queens are severely affected by two neonicotinoid insecticides.

This bird does something extraordinary, and it will surprise you

The greater honeyguide has a name that's slightly misleading, but that's only because it doesn't eat honey. Instead, it prefers the larvae and eggs in a bee hive, and strangely, it is one of the few animals in the world that can live on wax.

Man is stung in 25 places by bees, for science

A scientist has let bees sting him repeatedly in 25 different body locations. The idea was to map out the most sensitive areas of the body to bee stings.

Changes to farm use leading to wasp decline

Exeter - A new study links the fall in numbers of wasps and bees to changes to the use of land, especially a decline in the number of green spaces. An environmental group has argued for greater diversification.

Bees prefer nectar laced with insecticide

London - As controversy mounts over the U.K.’s decision to allow the limited use of neonic pesticides — troubling new research shows bees are drawn to plants sprayed with the powerful insect-killing chemical.

U.K. government lifts ban on neonicotinoid pesticides

London - Despite restrictions throughout Europe, and parts of Canada, the U.K. Conservative government has lifted the ban on neonicotinoid pesticides in certain parts of the country. This has raised concerns about the plight of bees.

Lessons from bee-killing parasites

Around the world bees are at risk from pesticides, environmental conditions and parasite infestations. New research into bee mites suggests we can learn a lot about parasites in general and find ways to protect bee colonies.

City in Norway building highway for bees

Oslo - Oslo, the capital of Norway, is in the process of creating what is known as a "bee highway," which will provide them with a safe route through the city.

Mites, not pesticides, killing the bees?

A Mississippi State University Extension Service apiculture specialist has challenged the assumption that the indiscriminate use of pesticides is responsible for the decline in bee populations. This theory is mites.

The three most interesting animal facts of the week

We're continually finding out new things about the animal world. This week three fascinating facts emerged about the animal kingdom, pertaining to bees, kangaroos and baboons. Digital Journal finds out more.

Ontario backs restriction on bee-killing pesticides

Toronto - Ontario has issued a new regulation aimed at reducing the use of seeds treated with neonicotinoid pesticides. This type of nicotine-formulated pesticides is connected with the decline of bees.

Car full of bees leads to driver being cited

A car full of bees led to a man getting pulled over and ticketed in Montana. The bees obscured the view from the windshield.

New campaign to save bees from pesticides

In 2013 neonicotinoid pesticides were temporarily banned in Europe due to a 'high acute risk' to honey bees. An environmental organization wishes the matter to be extended to a complete ban.

From egg to adult, watch this amazing video of a bee's birth

Digital arts photographer Anand Varma has put together an impressive time-lapse video charting the change from an egg to an adult bee. The video is proving to be a hit on YouTube.

White House gets busy to save the bees

Washington - The White House unveiled Tuesday a plan to reverse an alarming decline in the populations of bees and other pollinators that play a critical role in agriculture and the environment.
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