A global study finds that species numbers reported in the wild fell sharply between 1990 and 2015. PHOTOGRAPH: DEAGOSTINI/GETTY IMAGES THIS STORY ORIGINALLY appeared in The Guardian and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The number of wild bee species recorded by an international database of life on earth has declined by a quarter […]

Researchers urge UK to keep EU ban on pesticide which has detrimental effect on pollinators. Just like us, many insects need a decent night’s sleep to function properly, but this might not be possible if they have been exposed to neonicotinoid insecticides, the most common form of insecticide used worldwide, […]

A Hesperapis regularis bee visits a flower of Clarkia cylindrica at Pinnacles National Park. Credit: Tania Jogesh Study of flowers with two types of anthers solves mystery that baffled Darwin. Some flowers use a clever strategy to ensure effective pollination by bees, doling out pollen gradually from two different sets […]

An image obtained from the system showing barcoded bees inside the observation hive. Outlines reflect whether a barcode could be decoded successfully (green), could not be decoded (red), or was not detected (no outline). The hive entrance is in the lower-right corner, and the inset reveals two bees that were […]

A microscopic view of spiny pollen from a native wild dandelion species in the southern Rocky Mountains. Credit: University of Missouri University of Missouri researchers discover wildflower’s spiny pollen adapts to help plants reproduce. Have pollen. Must travel. Over 80% of the world’s flowering plants must reproduce in order to […]

Flowering strip plants like sunflowers can help increase bee reproduction, according to a new study. Credit: Photo courtesy of Ben Barnhart Flowering strips – pollinator-friendly rows of plants that increase foraging habitat for bees – can help offset pollinator decline but may also bring risks of higher pathogen infection rates […]

Bees visit pollinator-independent almond blossoms. Credit: Drs. Saez and Negri Pollination by bees is vital even when crops are assumed to be pollinator independent. That’s according to a study co-authored by Ethel Villalobos, a researcher in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources Department of Plant […]

Bumblebee foraging on a flower. Credit: Tara Cox / Imperial College London Pesticides can impair brain growth in baby bumblebees, affecting their ability to perform a simple learning task as adults, according to a new study. Imperial College London researchers used micro-CT scanning technology to reveal how specific parts of […]