Hive five for bee science!
The Bots And Bees
Two Harvard engineers master the RoboBee to create a future fleet of flying, mini machines.
Beekeeping Tips—From Bees!
How wild honey bees can teach us better ways to cultivate them. Plus, could probiotics help beef up bees’ immune systems?
A Reproductive Mystery In Honey Bee Decline
Queen honeybees store all the sperm they need for a lifetime. Studying them could help declining hives.
Bumblebee Barf? Yaaas Queen!
Bumblebees are one of our most important native pollinators. To learn more about them, researchers study their vomit.
Beyond The Hive: The Wonderful World Of Native Bees
There are 4,000 types of native bees in North America, including species that secrete silk and others that build tiny towers.
Why Are Honeycomb Cells Hexagonal?
Honeybees make the cells of their hives in the shape of hexagons, but why?
The Secret (Smart) Life of Bees
Bees can distinguish between human faces, count to four, and even play “soccer.”
Is Climate Change the Plight of the Bumblebee?
Climate change has caused bumblebee habitats in North America to retreat by as much as 190 miles in some areas.
Superblooms Are a ‘Smorgasbord’ for Bees
The wildflower explosion in the Southern California desert provides plentiful food for wild bees. In this springtime special, we take a pollinator’s view of spring, and talk about which wildflowers to spot this season.
Airport Apiaries, Now Boarding
Several major airports have found a new use for open but restricted space alongside runways and hangars—as a home for beehives.
This Bee Buzzes For Blueberries
This metallic beauty is one of an estimated 4,000 bees native to the U.S., hundreds of which haven’t been scientifically named yet.
The Flight of the RoboBees
What can we learn from the quest to build a better tiny, flying robot?
The Birds and the Bees
Celebrating spring science and the wonders of observation.
Hive Mind: Inside The Complicated World of Bee Colonies
Bumblebee colonies in urban areas may be more successful than those in the country. Also, how do honeybees choose a new queen?
Aren't these stories the bee's knees?
On The Hunt For Desert Bees
We followed the biologists searching for an oil-eating bee in the California desert.
A Viral Battle In The Honey Bee Hive
An evolutionary arms race between bees and a virus may change hive behavior.
The Secret Life Of Tiny Bees
Some small bees—the size of a grain of rice—drink the sweat and tears of animals.
Getting the Springtime Buzz on Bees
New research on bee behavior offers a glimpse into the lives of these important pollinators.
Bumblebees Pick Up On The ‘Buzz’ From Flowers
Bumblebees use hairs on their bodies to pick up on weak electrical signals emitted by flowers.
Step Into a Hive
Wolfgang Buttress’ giant sculpture interprets the activity of a real beehive.
Concerns Rise Over Pesticide Use, Birds, and Bees
Neonicotinoid pesticides have been banned in the E.U. but are still approved for use in the U.S. while the EPA reviews them.
Bees Emerging After a Hard Winter
Apiculturist Eric Mussen discusses the plight of the modern honeybee.
Looking Beyond Honeybees
We need domestic bees. But what happens to wild bees when they share a space?
Invasion of the Zombees: A Bee Horror Film
Up and down the West coast of the U.S., bees are leaving their hives, flying around at night and then suddenly dropping dead – Learn why!
Drunken Munchies, a Paper Centrifuge, and an Endangered Bumblebee
Science journalist Sophie Bushwick rounds up some of the week’s science news.