Bumblebees can fly higher than Mount Everest
That the bees can survive in higher elevations is good as climate change may have dramatic effects on their habitats at lower elevations.
Why do bees love saltwater pools? Hint: It has to do with their feet
Bees, like many other insects, rely on more than just their mouths to taste things and find nutrients they need.
But how do you attach a sensor to a tiny honeybee?
It turns out that it’s not that complicated.
1. Refrigerate the bee.
"We take the bee into a cold place, usually to a fridge about 5 degrees Celsius (41 degrees F), for five minutes and that is enough to have the bees sleeping," de Souza told the Australian Broadcasting Company.
2. Shave the bee. (Yes, really.)
"Very young bees, they’re very hairy. At times we need to do something to help us," he said.
3. Use tweezers to glue the sensor to the bee’s back.
"It doesn’t disturb the way the bee will see or the way the bee will fly, they just work normally," he said.
Monarch butterfly numbers hit record lows
The monarch butterfly has one of the most spectacular annual migrations on the planet. But scientists worry that the migration may be coming to an end as fewer butterflies make it to their annual wintering grounds.
Wild bees are recycling plastic, study finds
Two bee species in Canada have begun using plastic waste to build their nests, hinting at the extent of plastic pollution as well as nature’s limited ability to adapt.
5,000 honeybees strap on tiny backpacks in the name of science
Australian scientists are attaching sensors to bees to track their movements and study colony collapse disorder.
Bee minus: Pesticides shrink baby bumblebees
Exposure to pyrethroid pesticides stunts the growth of bumblebee larvae, a new study finds, resulting in smaller workers that may be less adept at foraging for food.
Where is the best place to put a beehive?
Here’s what you need to know about sunlight, apiary air traffic control, and skunks.
While some caterpillars blend in with their natural coloring, the wavy-lined emerald moth caterpillar attaches pieces of plants and flowers as camouflage.
15 amazingly deceptive caterpillars