Bees were successfully trained to move a ball to a specific location in order to get a food reward; bees learned the skill best by watching other bees do it. The knowledge and ability then spread through the hive, as later generations were taught. This research shows that while in the wild, bees don't normally use tools, their ability to develop this skill and others, could be helpful in times of environmental stress: "Such unprecedented cognitive flexibility [in bees] hin
All worker bees, those foraging for nectar and those in the hive, feeding the brood, keeping the hive cool, tending to the queen, and all the various jobs that are done so that the colony can thrive, are FEMALE! The drones' (males) only job is to mate with the queen. The queen honeybee can live 2 years, but may even live 3 or 4 years. Drones (the males) live for 4 – 6 months, and worker honeybees raised in the Spring may only live 6 to 8 weeks (those raised in the autumn ma
Plants for Year-round Bee Forage, from the University of Georgia Honeybee Program As you're starting to think about Spring planting, think about planting more plants for our pollinators. This is an incomplete list of both wild and commercially available plants that are important sources of pollen and nectar for pollinators in the South. It is important for bees, especially bumble bees, to have an unbroken succession of bloom all summer to build up their local populations.
In field experiments in the Rockies, scientists discovered the cascade effect on an ecosystem that lost just one pollinator species. “We see an ecological cascade of effects across the whole pollinator community, fundamentally changing the structure of plant-pollinator interaction networks,” says Berry Brosi, a biologist at Emory University and author of the study published in Biology Letters. “We can see this shift in who visits which plant even in pollinators that are no