The 'blue halo' effect: How some flowers seduce bees

2017-10-19 08:14

Hundreds of flower species have evolved the ability to project ethereal halos of blue light invisible to humans in order to lure pollinating bees, researchers reveal.

Worst-ever dengue outbreak kills up to 300 in Sri Lanka

2017-07-25 21:01

The worst-ever outbreak of dengue fever has killed nearly 300 people in Sri Lanka, with aid agencies warning against further spread of the mosquito-borne viral disease.

'Sixth extinction' of wildlife faster than feared

2017-07-13 19:10

The sixth mass extinction of life on Earth is unfolding more quickly than feared, scientists have warned.

Rare butterfly thrives on, and because of, US military bases

2017-07-03 21:37

A rare butterfly has been found by federal wildlife officials to be thriving on US military bases because of the way they manage open spaces.

Ants mastered agriculture 30 million yrs before man

2017-04-13 07:59

Ants cultivated designer crops in controlled environments millions of years before humans figured out how to push seeds into the ground to grow food, scientists say.

Rare butterfly killer convicted in Britain

2017-03-17 16:46

A British man has been convicted of capturing and killing two of Britain's rarest butterflies, the endangered Large Blues, which have been a prized collector's item since the Victorian era.

Ants are expert navigators, even walking backwards

2017-01-21 14:29

Despite their tiny size, ants are sophisticated navigators that can find their way even while walking backwards, and these skills could help inspire better robots, scientists say.

Thai farmers launch sting operation to stop elephant raids

2016-08-25 20:02

To stop wild elephants rampaging through their crops, farmers in Thailand have put up electric fences, burst firecrackers and even changed crops, but to no avail. So they've decided on Plan Bee...

Zoo releases last summer batch of threatened butterflies

2016-08-09 16:17

The Oregon Zoo has released the last batch of its zoo-raised Oregon silverspot butterflies into the wild after a summer programme aimed at boosting their numbers.

Science analyses rare rapport between birds, people

2016-07-21 22:59

For generations, people in Africa have partnered with wild birds called honeyguides to find bee hives and honey, and scientists say they have analysed this rare rapport for the first time.


Naturalist David Attenborough earns his wings

2017-08-18 09:12

David Attenborough has finally earned his wings after scientists named a 100-million-year-old damselfly after the veteran British broadcaster and naturalist.

Beekeeper, wife hospitalised after colony attacks

2017-07-16 18:34

Officials say a New Jersey beekeeper and his wife were hospitalised after the man's colony became aggressive and swarmed part of the town where the hive was located.

The perfect crime foiled by... a mosquito

2017-07-10 22:30

The murderer absconds with a smirk, knowing he has covered his tracks like a pro - no witnesses, no finger- or foot-prints, no stray hairs to betray his identity...

Weaponised penis drives sexual 'arms race' - in beetles

2017-05-24 16:19

Evolution works in mysterious ways, especially when it comes to sex.

'BioBlitz' scientists to survey California desert valley

2017-04-07 15:32

Scientists are set to fan out across a California desert valley to take an inventory of everything there that flies, hops, runs, swims or grows in the dirt.

WATCH: Doctor extracts live cockroach from woman’s skull

2017-02-09 08:19

For one Indian woman, a horror story involving a live cockroach has proved all too real, after the critter burrowed up her nose and behind her eyes in the middle of the night, while she was sleeping.

Taiwan beekeepers battle to cash in on pure honey buzz

2016-10-23 21:31

Under a shady starfruit tree Taiwanese beekeeper Jiang Hwan-bin tends his hives, pumping out pure honey for a rapidly growing market of health-conscious consumers.

'Neonic' insecticides bad news for bees - study

2016-08-17 07:10

A widely-used class of insecticides called neonicotinoids has contributed to the large-scale and long-term decline of wild bees, according to research.

NYPD bee squad ready for sting operations...

2016-07-27 19:16

A New York City police detective who works in counter-terrorism also protects New Yorkers in another way: by helping corral and relocate swarms of bees that occasionally descend on the city.

Bees buzzing on rooftops at SF hotels

2016-05-14 10:02

Aware of the well-publicised environmental threats to honeybees that have reduced numbers worldwide, several San Francisco hotels have built hives on their rooftops.

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