• Flesh-eating vulture bees evolved a gut that loves meat

    Carnivorous bees took leftover meat home in ‘little chicken baskets’

    They might not sting, but there is nothing sweet about flesh-eating vulture bees. Many entomologists will tell you...

    Animals November 24, 2021
  • Bug battle cries: Bees vs murder hornets

    What do bees sound like when they scream for danger? Surprisingly similar to mammals, a new study...

    Eastern, or Asian, honey bees (Apis cerana) – increasingly recognised as remarkably clever creatures – are known to m...

    Animals November 10, 2021
  • The key gene that allows bees to collect pollen

    What is the underlying genetic mechanism that gives bees their pollen-carrying abilities?

    Bees: what gives them their ability to collect pollen? It turns out that a single gene is largely responsible, sci...

    Nature November 5, 2021
  • Pollen patties could help save pollinators

    Microencapsulated enzyme shown to prevent the lethal impact of pesticides.

    Scientists may have found a way to protect bees from pesticides and help mitigate the alarming declines of these vita...

    Animals May 21, 2021
  • Sweet science

    Cosmos 88 – Nathan Kilah reports.

    Novice beekeeper Nathan Kilah isn’t just in it for the honey. With a complex social structure governed entirely by ch...

    Animals May 20, 2021
  • Physics of birds and bees – sincerely, Albert Einstein

    A newly discovered letter reveals that Einstein predicted recent bee research seventy years ago.

    In 2019, a group of RMIT researchers were in the midst of publishing a series of grand discoveries about how bees use...

    Culture May 13, 2021
  • Video

    Bee behaviour: what do bees do at home?

    Cannibalism, according to close-up videos that show bee behaviour.

    What goes on in the beehive? These videos, published in the journal PLOS ONE by Paul Siefert from Goethe-Universität,...

    Animals March 20, 2021
  • You may have missed...

    Stray science stories from last week to cheer up your Monday.

    It's getting hot in here ... 430 degrees Celsius hot, that is. Artist's interpretation. Credit: RenderArea, https://r...

    Nature March 8, 2021
  • Two interesting new uses for poop

    Honeybees and pandas can be clever with compounds.

    Scientists have discovered two, er, interesting things animals do with poop – in both cases, not their own. Honeyb...

    Animals December 10, 2020
  • Honeybees have unique personalities, like us

    Being an individual is good for the whole.

    Individuals shape a community and its collective patterns of behaviour – and not just in humans, it turns out. Sci...

    Animals December 1, 2020
  • Where to look for bees of different types

    Hint: think temperate zones and more to the north.

    There’s a lot more to bees than you might think, because there’s a lot of them. Around 20,000 different species, in f...

    Animals November 20, 2020
  • Tricks of nature, with and without light

    Australian bees can see, while the platypus glows.

    The fur of Australia’s unique platypus glows green under ultraviolet light, while at least two species of the country...

    Animals November 3, 2020
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