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Bumblebees Work Better after Caffeine Intake, New Study Shows

Caffeine is a widely occurring plant defense chemical that occurs in the nectar of some plants, e.g., coffee and citrus, where it may influence pollinator behavior to enhance pollination. New laboratory tests show that buff-tailed bumblebees (Bombus terrestris) locate new food sources emitting a learned floral odor more consistently if…
bubmag
July 29, 2021
Bees

We Crush, Poison, and Destroy Insects at Our Own Peril

This past summer, my wife and I ventured to an area near Mount Adams in southwestern Washington state to census bumblebees. We camped there over the weekend as we took part in the Pacific Northwest Bumblebee Atlas survey. Scientists want to fill gaps in their knowledge about the bees. Learning…
bubmag
January 20, 2021
Bees

The Fungal Evangelist Who Would Save the Bees

If anyone knows about going fungal, it’s Paul Stamets. I have often wondered whether he has been infected with a fungus that fills him with mycological zeal—and an irrepressible urge to persuade humans that fungi are keen to partner with us in new and peculiar ways. I went to visit…
bubmag
September 23, 2020
Bees

How Do Bees Make Honey?

When we talk about “bees”, we’re usually referring to the European honey bee (its scientific name is Apis Mellifera). Humans have been drooling over its honey and taking advantage of its pollination powers for thousands of years.So how do these insects make honey, you ask? You’ll find the task is…
bubmag
August 24, 2020