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Symbiotic bacteria protect hunting wasps from fungal infestation

...le beewolves provision their larvae with paralyzed honeybees in brood cells in the soil. As part of this process, the researchers show, they use their antennae to deliver the symbiotic bacteria to the ceiling of the brood cell before finally closing off the cell. The larvae then take up the bacteria and apply ...

Insects, viruses could hold key for better human teamwork in disasters

...w inspiration from the collaboration patterns that honeybees and ants use, and the spread patterns viruses typi...lingshead said. Put another way, while individual honeybees process only "partial and local information," they are able, through interactions with each other, t...

Team led by Carnegie Mellon University scientist finds first evidence of a living memory trace

...ed a single, new stimulus. The research, done with honeybees sensing new odors, allows neuroscientists to peer ...nal experiments in the 1970s and 1980s showed that honeybees exposed to an odor and rewarded with sugar could develop a memory of that odor and temporarily store...

Primates harvest bee nests in Ugandan reserve

In the first study of native African honeybees and honey-making stingless bees in the same habita...vested honey for food, located 228 bee nests (both honeybees and stingless bees) for the study. Roubik identified the bees and found that Pygmy names for the bee...

Honeybee decision-making ability rivals any department committee

When 10,000 honeybees fly the coop to hunt for a new home, usually a tree cavity, they have a unique method of deciding which site is right: With great efficiency they narrow down the options and minimize their bad decisions. Their technique, says Cornell University bio...

Queen bee promiscuity boosts hive health

...vior for humans, it's healthy for honeybees: Queen honeybees who indulge in sexual surfeits with multiple drone...ociety of London, the curious promiscuity of queen honeybees has long perplexed apiculturists, especially since seeking out multiple mates takes more time and en...

Honeydew honeys are better antioxidants than nectar honeys

... The composition of honey depends greatly on where honeybees collect their raw materials. There are two key types of source. First, honeybees can collect nectar from flowers, and this generates nectar honeys. Secondly they can collect fluids ...

Is there a pilot in the insect?

...headwind and ascend with a tailwind, but also that honeybees land with a constant slope and drown when crossing mirror-smooth water1. Behind this astonishing behavior, hidden in the insect's cockpit, are movement detector neurons that act as optic flow sensors. The team patiently decoded the functioning of t...

Detecting poisons in nectar is an odour-ous task for honeybees

... toxic nectars. Why plants would try to poison the honeybees they wish to attract is a scientific mystery. Th...plants such as Rhododendrons and almond trees. Can honeybees learn whether nectar contains toxins, and does this influence their ability as pollinators? Dr Geral...

Hives ferment a yeasty brew, attract beetle pest

...late an invading beetle, but domesticated European honeybees are not as diligent in cleaning their hives. The b...eybee hives, it appears that domesticated European honeybees have a much harder time containing the beetles in their hives. European honeybees were bred to be do...

Warning from Asian bees

...o bee pollinated crops, so most of the benefits of honeybees actually come from pollinations. “About 90 frui... their help. “And almond crops rely entirely on honeybees for pollination and Australia’s young almond industry is booming right now in the tri-State region.”...

Undergraduate research shows leaderless honeybee organizing

...honeybee and its behavioral ecology. Like humans, honeybees are remarkable for living in large organized groups where highly developed social behaviors coordinate the efforts of thousands of individuals to accomplish complex tasks – manufacturing, community defense, environmental control and maintenance, foo...

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