• 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
  • 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
  • Flight of the sniffer bees

    Honeybee scent training could make pollination more effective.

    Honeybees continue to cause quite a buzz with their smarts. Previous studies have found that not only can they unders...

    Animals September 18, 2020
  • Honeybee venom kills breast cancer cells

    Research reveals impact on signalling pathways.

    Venom from honeybees, but not bumblebees, has the potential to help fight breast cancer, new Australian research sugg...

    Health September 2, 2020
  • Citizen Science

    Helping keep track of bees

    Exotic intruders can wreak havoc on our native species.

    Bees get a lot of good press. They pollinate our crops and in some cases, make delicious honey. But bees around the w...

    Animals January 13, 2020
  • Honeybees can surf to safety

    On water their wings work like hydrofoils.

    When a honeybee falls onto water it can essentially surf to safety, research engineers in the US have discovered.Wh...

    Animals November 18, 2019
  • The bee-all of numbers

    Honeybees are good at maths – if you ask the right question.

    As we know, numbers can become very large very quickly. The diameter of the universe is about 8.8×1023 kilometres, an...

    Animals October 10, 2019
  • Researchers identify a Babel Fish for bees

    Project reveals a honeybee universal language.

    Scientists have created a codex which grants researchers worldwide a universal understanding of the honeybee “waggle ...

    Animals April 1, 2019
  • Honeybees can do maths

    The insects understand both subtraction and addition.

    Honeybees (Apis mellifera) are capable of arithmetic, showing proficiency in addition and subtraction, new research r...

    Animals February 6, 2019
  • Young, hive-bound bees confused by chemicals

    Even bees that never leave the hive can be exposed.

    Hive-bound young honey bees (Apis mellifera) are being poisoned by insecticide and weed killer gathered by their fora...

    Animals April 11, 2018
  • The guts of a honeybee

    The tiny intestines of the honeybee contain a world of even tinier life.

    A scanning electron microscope image of a honeybee’s midgut. Credit: Åsmund AndersenThe guts of a honeybee are much...

    Biology December 20, 2017
  • Giant honeybees shimmy in time to cool the hive

    Researchers saw certain bees act as ‘fanners’.

    The giant honeybee (Apis dorsata) is the largest honeybee species in the world. A new study suggests they work togeth...

    Biology August 3, 2016
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