Neonicotinoids shuts down bees power plants

Neonicotinoids shuts down bees power plants

Neonicotinoids are a prime suspect in the loss of honey bees. They have been shown to interfere with the way that bees forage and navigate. New research now shows that the neonicotinoid pesticdes also impact on the way that cells in bees produce energy. Imidacloprid – a neonicotinoid – and Fibronil – a pyrazoles – have…
Controversial bee project buzzing with success

Controversial bee project buzzing with success

A bee re-introduction plan in Kent which led to outrage in Sweden appears to be working as researchers discover workers in the fields – a sure sign of the queen bees having bred. There has been a number of failed attempts at reintroducing the short-haired bumblebee to Kent in this year it may have finally…
Radio-tagged bumble-bees reveal impacts of pesticides

Radio-tagged bumble-bees reveal impacts of pesticides

A study involving the tagging of bees shows how neonicotinoid based pesticides influence the foraging of bees and interferes with the insects learning new foraging skills. The study was undertaken by researchers from Guelph’s School of Environmental Sciences and Imperial College London and was published in British Ecological Society’s journal Functional Ecology. The study by by Nigel…
International taskforce back action on neonicotinoids

International taskforce back action on neonicotinoids

An international team affiliated with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has come down in favour of regulatory control of the neonicotinoids basec pesticides. The task force undertook a meta-analysis of 800 peer-reviewed studies and concluded that the evidence was sufficient to support regulatory action. The scientists from the Task Force on…
Europe’s bumblebees heading for disaster

Europe’s bumblebees heading for disaster

Of the 68 species of bumblebee that live in Europe almost a quarter (24%) are at real risk of extinction. This was the findings of a recently published report produced by the European Union. The study which aimed to look at the state of the species on a European level is a concern because of the…
Global Re-introductions case studies published

Global Re-introductions case studies published

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has released the latest volume of case studies involving the re-introduction of endangered species. The 298 page book is available to download free of charge in pdf format. It covers 236 re-introduction programmes and is the 4th in a series from the Reintroduction Specialists Group. The…
Spiders opt for a side portion of veg with their meat

Spiders opt for a side portion of veg with their meat

Far from being purely meat eaters it appears that some species of spider opt for a side portion of vegetable matter with their protein. A study by researchers from Exeter University has discovered that some orb spiders will eat pollen as well as predating on insects and that pollen can make up 25% of a…
Air pollution impacts on bees ability to find food

Air pollution impacts on bees ability to find food

Diesel fumes from modern transport and agricultural equipment could be preventing honeybees from finding their food flowers according to scientists. The researchers from Southampton have discovered that air pollution can mask the odour of flowers. By masking the floral smells of different species the honey bees are unable to find their preferred source of food.…
Scotland loses a third of its honeybees over winter

Scotland loses a third of its honeybees over winter

Last winter saw one of the biggest losses of managed honeybees in Scotland for many years. The results of a recent survey has just been published and last winters weather together with the slow start to this spring saw 31% of honeybee colonies fail to make it for the new season. The survey run by Strathclyde…