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Climate change crushes bee populations

Climate change crushes bee populations

Bumblebee habitats are contracting as temperatures rise. Daniel Cressey Global warming is serving to “crush bumblebees in a kind of climate vice”, according to the leader of a team that has revealed a dramatic shrinkage in the range of these crucial pollinators. As temperatures rise, the southern limits of many …

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11 Ways to Use Honey to Get More Gorgeous Skin, Hair, and Nails

11 Ways to Use Honey to Get More Gorgeous Skin, Hair, and Nails

Honey’s often thought of as a healthier sweetener, but you might be surprised to learn that this ingredient has tons of skin and hair benefits, too. Made by the alchemy of bees collecting nectar, pollen, and resins from flowers, honey can help moisturize, fight aging, and fight bacteria. Plus, it’s …

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Warming world has shrunk bee tongues

As some bumblebee tongues get shorter, the flowers they pollinate will suffer.
CANDACE GALEN

In the midst of a widespread decline in bees, particularly in the United States, a few bumblebees are finding a way to cope: shorter tongues. In just 40 years, the tongues of two bumblebee species living high up in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains have shrunk by almost 25% in their average …

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Non-bee insects just as important as bees for world’s crops

PHOTO: Insects like this hoverfly are important crop pollinators (David Kleijn)

Although bees are often lauded for their pollination prowess, other insects are just as important for the success of the world’s crops, according to a new study. The finding, reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggested that non-bee pollinators such as flies, wasps, beetles and butterflies could …

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Climate Change Is Shrinking Where Bumblebees Range, Research Finds

A buff-tailed bumblebee on catmint flowers. Warming temperatures have caused bumblebee populations to retreat from the southern limits of their travels in North America and Europe, a new study found. Credit Jeremy T. Kerr

Climate change has narrowed the range where bumblebees are found in North America and Europe in recent decades, according to a study published Thursday. The paper, published in the journal Science, suggests that warming temperatures have caused bumblebee populations to retreat from the southern limits of their travels by as …

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Argentine Ants Carry Virus Deadly to Honeybees

Three Argentine ants, top, attacking a New Zealand native ant, center. The ant at the bottom had its limbs amputated by the Argentine ants, which also may spread a disease to honeybees, according to a new study. Credit Phil Lester

The Argentine ant, already known as one of the world’s most widespread and damaging pests, may be infecting honeybees with a deadly virus, a new study finds. Alexandra Sebastien, a biologist at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, analyzed Argentine ant populations in New Zealand, Australia and Argentina as part of her …

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Honey: Health Benefits, Uses and Risks

Honey is a food source produced by bees using the nectar from flowers.

Honey is a sweet food made by bees using nectar from flowers. Bees first convert the nectar into honey by a process of regurgitation and evaporation, then store it as a primary food source in wax honeycombs inside the beehive. Honey can then be harvested from the hives for human …

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Early farmers minded their own beeswax

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Chemical traces of honeybee products discovered on Neolithic pottery from Europe to the Middle East. Early farmers had a sweet tooth. Pieces of Neolithic crockery from Europe, the Middle East and North Africa dating back 9,000 years bear chemical traces of beeswax, according to an analysis of thousands of potsherds …

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