Traveling Bees Have More Stress and Shorter Lives

Research from North Carolina State University, published in Scientific Reports, shows that travel can adversely affect bee health and lifespans. Honey bees (Apis mellifera) are frequently trucked around the United States to pollinate crops like apples, almonds and berries. The new research shows that traveling bees generally have shorter lives than stationary bees, and they […]

Old Data May Provide New Insights on Honey Bee Populations

By Josh Lancette Over the past decade, beekeepers in the U.S. and other countries have had problems keeping their bees healthy. Some of the potential causes of their problems include the Varroa destructor mite, pesticides, pathogens, and the reduction of floral resources due to land development or conversion. This problem is of concern to both […]

Extreme Temperatures During Shipping Can Affect Honey Bee Queens’ Reproductive Abilities

Many beekeepers order honey bee queens from breeders, who ship them to the beekeepers by mail. According to an article in the journal PLOS One, high temperatures during shipping and elevated pathogen levels may be contributing to honey bee queens failing faster today than they did in the past. “Either stress individually or in combination […]

Study Finds Glyphosate and Acetamiprid to Have Relatively Low Toxicity for Honey Bees

By Andrew Porterfield Honey bees are crucial for pollination and crop production worldwide. But since episodes of Colony Collapse Disorder began arising in the mid-2000s (and have subsided somewhat), the causes of costly deaths of adult bees have focused on mites, viruses, and a number of pesticides. One group of pesticides, the neonicotinoids, has been […]

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 were originally found on Asian honey bees (Apis cerana), but later began infesting and killing European honey bees (Apis mellifera). The new study shows that […]