Bee smart, bee healthy
colonies which are fast learners are also better able to fight off infectio...journal Biology Letters, the team reports a positive relationship between a bumblebee
colony's learning performance and their immune response, as Dr Raine explai...
Bumblebees learn the sweet smell of foraging success
...learn which specific flowers were most rewarding at that time. They exposed bumblebee
colonies to an anise scent mixed with recruitment pheromone and monitored t...d a new flower scent. However, the pheromone increases foraging activity in bumblebee
colonies, which could increase the effectiveness of these bees pollinating ...
Smells like bees' spirit
...ture and exposure to risk when food stores are already high. In future, such artificial pheromones could also be used to increase the effectiveness of bumblebee
colonies pollinating commercial crops, such as tomatoes.
Ecologists tease out private lives of plants and their pollinators
...lps explain the recent dramatic decline in certain bumblebee
species found in the shrinking areas of species-ri...ent and, in the second part of the study, recorded bumblebee
They found that without exc...the results could help ecologists conserve certain bumblebee
species and the species-rich chalk grassland and h...
Bumblebee house warming -- it takes a village
...and the University of Puget Sound have peered into bumblebee
colonies and have discovered some answers.
By exposing bumblebee
nests to a range of temperatures, the researchers ...d in other jobs switch tasks, said O'Donnell.
workers vary considerably in size, and body size a...
Researchers find that bumblebees' flower choice matters
... To predict where a bumblebee
will carry its pollen next, you have to literally think like one.
"Once they've learned a foraging style that's been successful, they are more likel...