Social Patterns That Resist Varroa Mite Seen in Honey Bees for First Time
In the search for new avenues to protect honey bees (Apis mellifera) from Varroa mites, researchers have identified breeds of A. mellifera that show signs of "social apoptosis," a defense mechanism common in Asian bees that are resistant to Varroa infestation.
Why Giant Hornets Rub Their Abdomens on Bee Hives Before Attack
New research examines glands on the underside of Vespa soror wasps and the chemical signals they emit, which appear linked to behavior in which wasps rub their bodies against honey bee hives to recruit fellow wasps for a group attack.
How Do Pesticides Affect Wild Japanese Honey Bees?
By Josh Lancette In a recent Reddit AMA, honey bee experts May Berenbaum, Ph.D., and Gene Robinson, Ph.D., listed four P’s that drive problems with honey bees: pathogens, pesticides, parasites, […]
Varroa Mites Use Chemical Camouflage to Mimic Honey Bee Scent
Varroa mites, one of the most serious threats to honey bees worldwide, are infiltrating hives by smelling like bees, according to a new study appearing in Biology Letters. The parasites […]