Mite-Resistant Russian Honey Bees Might Not Prevent Varroa Infestations

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By Meredith Swett Walker Imagine a parasite about the size of a grapefruit, and it’s latched onto your back where you just can’t reach it. Now imagine that parasite is sucking your blood and that its cronies are reproducing rapidly in your home and attacking your family. This horrifying scenario is essentially what the mite […]

Why Human Behavior is Hurting Honey Bees

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In the search for answers to the complex health problems and colony losses experienced by honey bees in recent years, it may be time for professionals and hobbyists in the beekeeping industry to look in the mirror. In a research essay published last week in the Journal of Economic Entomology, Robert Owen argues that human […]

A Neuroscientist’s Approach to Entomology

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By Constance Lin Varroa mites, pathogens, or climate change? What exactly causes the honey bee Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD)? Honey bees (Apis mellifera) offer us critical pollination services. In the United Kingdom, for instance, data from the British Beekeepers Association estimates that approximately one-third of the nation’s food supply is dependent on pollination, and more […]

Study Finds Bees Can Have Their Wildflowers and Almonds, Too

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By Josh Lancette New research published this week in the journal Environmental Entomology shows that planting wildflowers next to almond orchards does not cause fewer honey bees to visit the orchard. This finding is important because it shows wildflower plantings can help keep bee populations healthy while also not harming almond crops. “Establishing flowering field-edge […]

Commonly Used Fungicides Linked to Increased Mortality in Honey Bees

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Fungicides commonly used in almond orchards can be harmful to almond growers’ primary pollinator: honey bees. According to new lab research published this week in the Journal of Economic Entomology, the fungicide iprodione, when used alone or in combination with other common fungicides, leads to a significant reduction in the 10-day survival rate of forager […]