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US Lists First Bumblebee Species as Endangered

Population of rusty patched bumblebee has dropped 90% since late '90s

(Newser) - If Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov had been prescient, he may have named his famous orchestral piece "Plight of the Bumblebee." The rusty patched bumblebee , or Bombus affinis, is now the first US bumblebee placed on the endangered species list, the Guardian reports. Seven other bees from Hawaii previously made the... More »

'Lowlife ... Bee Rustlers' Steal $90K Worth of Honeybees

Suspects are still at large

(Newser) - Last month, Texas thieves made off with $90,000 worth of ... bees. A Danbury beekeeper says he discovered 300 of his honey bee colonies were missing from a cattle ranch on Dec. 17, the Houston Chronicle reports. Randy Verhoek's bees are typically unattended as they spend the winter on... More »

New Species Looks Like Ant, Bee Had a Baby

9 new species of desert bee revealed in Zootaxa study

(Newser) - If an ant and a bee had a baby, it would probably look a lot like the male Perdita prodigiosa, one of nine new species of desert bee mesmerizing researchers. All of the newly discovered bees come from the Perdita group of more than 700 species and subspecies of bees... More »

Bees Are Now Endangered

Feds list 7 Hawaiian species as protected

(Newser) - Federal authorities on Friday added seven yellow-faced bee species, Hawaii's only native bees, for protection under the Endangered Species Act, a first for bees in the United States. The US Fish and Wildlife Service announced the listing after years of study by the conservation group Xerces Society, state officials,... More »

Anyone Who Eats Food Should Be Worried About This Bee

It's the first proposed for endangered species list

(Newser) - The rusty patched bumblebee has gone from a widespread and well-known pollinator to the edge of extinction in just 20 years. Reuters reports that the species, which got its name from the reddish patch on its abdomen, has been proposed for the endangered species list by the US Fish and... More »

SC Sprays for Zika, Kills Millions of Bees

Beekeepers in Dorchester County say they weren't warned

(Newser) - The plan was to kill droves of mosquitoes to combat West Nile and Zika in South Carolina. An unexpected result: millions of honeybees ended up dead, too. Officials in Dorchester County who approved Sunday's aerial spraying of an insecticide have apologized after beekeepers lost entire hives and their livelihoods.... More »

Hospital Home to so Many Bees Honey Was Dripping Down Walls

100,000 bees removed from British hospital

(Newser) - It was a sticky situation. The AP reports a British hospital discovered it had become home to more than 100,000 bees when patients noticed honey dripping down the walls. Beekeepers were summoned to Rockwood Hospital in Cardiff, Wales, after the discovery last month, and found a large colony of... More »

Scientists: We've Been Giving Bees Birth Control

Neonicotinoids come with 'lethal and sub-lethal' side effects

(Newser) - Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse for bees , a new study suggests we've been inadvertently feeding them birth control. Previous research has shown the world's most widely used pesticides, neonicotinoids, have hurt the lifespan and reproduction of honeybee queens and reduced the number of bumblebee... More »

Hiker Dies After Being Smothered by Bees in Arizona

Louisiana man received more than 1K stings during hike on Mesa trail

(Newser) - A young man from Louisiana surrounded by bees during a hike in a Mesa, Ariz., park died from what a medical exam says was 1,000-plus bee stings. Alex Bestler, 23, was hiking the relatively easy Merkle Memorial Trail in Usery Mountain Park around 9am Thursday with a woman IDed... More »

20K Bees Follow Woman for 2 Days

Their queen may have been trapped in her car

(Newser) - A woman visiting a nature reserve in Wales over the weekend accidentally took home an estimated 20,000 bees. Carol Howarth, 65, stopped in Haverfordwest to do some shopping on her way home from the reserve when a swarm of bees descended on her car. "I have never seen... More »

Pesticide-Maker Announces Change to Save the Bees

Ortho will go neonics-free in its products by 2021

(Newser) - Here's some news to bee excited by: A major maker of home and garden products announced it will be phasing bee-harming chemicals out of its pest-control products, NPR reports. According to the AP , neonics damage insects' central nervous systems, either killing them outright or making them vulnerable to disease... More »

Arizona Mosque Attacked by Thousands of Stinging Bees

At least 20 people were stung and one hospitalized

(Newser) - A swarm of up to 20,000 Africanized bees wreaked havoc on an Arizona mosque Friday afternoon, stinging at least 20 people and sending one man to the hospital, KNXV reports. The incident took place at the Muslim Community Mosque in Phoenix. “It was just crazy how everyone was... More »

Honey Nut Cheerios Bee Disappears

It's for a good cause: to bring awareness to declining bee population

(Newser) - He's known for tempting our tummies with the taste of nuts and honey, but it looks like Buzz the bee (or, at least, the northern version of him) will be taking a temporary hiatus. The General Mills mascot used in promotions for Honey Nut Cheerios will be taken off... More »

Living in NY Home: 1M Bees

Beekeepers working on removing them

(Newser) - Beekeepers have quite the task ahead of them as they remove an estimated 1 million honey bees that have taken up residence at a New York home. The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports two beekeepers were at work yesterday removing siding on the outside of the Wallkill house to get... More »

Feds Want Your Help to Save Bees

Plan aims to restore 7M acres of bee habitat over 5 years

(Newser) - The federal government hopes to reverse America's declining honeybee and monarch butterfly populations by making more federal land bee-friendly, spending more on research, and considering the use of less pesticides. Scientists say bees—crucial to pollinate many crops—have been hurt by a combination of declining nutrition, mites, disease,... More »

Bee Die-Off Goes From Bad to Worse

Beekeepers lost 42% of colonies over 12-month period: survey

(Newser) - The honeybee die-off appears to have taken a turn for the worse to the chagrin of beekeepers. An annual survey finds beekeepers lost 42% of their colonies from April 2014 to the same month this year—the second-worst period for bees since surveys started in 2010. The previous 12-month period... More »

Truck Flips, Unleashes Millions of Bees on Highway

Driver lost control near Seattle, and 14M bees were dumped

(Newser) - A truck carrying millions of honeybees overturned on a highway north of Seattle early today, scattering hives and sending beekeepers scrambling to save as many insects as they could. The truck had just merged onto Interstate 5 around 3:30am when it tipped on its side, dumping its load of... More »

Lowe's to Stop Selling Pesticide That May Harm Bees

Neonicotinoids to be removed from stores by 2019

(Newser) - Lowe's is saying so long to a class of pesticides that may be contributing to our dwindling honeybee population. The home improvement chain said yesterday it will phase out pesticides known as neonicotinoids , or neonics; they'll be completely gone from store shelves and absent from plants the store... More »

Bee Scientist Finds $140K Email—in His Spam Folder

The National Science Foundation award for Charlie C. Nicholson was actually real

(Newser) - Maybe you should open up that next "Lucky Winner!" email you get and not automatically dump it in the trash. Because for University of Vermont researcher Charlie C. Nicholson, his spam folder turned out to hold more than the usual dream-job and porn messages. On Tuesday, the National... More »

Man Killed by Swarm of 800K Bees

Huge hive found after Arizona attack

(Newser) - One worker died from at least 100 stings and three others were injured when bees from an 800,000-strong swarm attacked a landscape crew outside a home in Douglas, Ariz., yesterday. Firefighters discovered and destroyed a huge 3-by-8-foot hive, believed to be around 10 years old, in the home's... More »

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