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Conserving rare bees has ethical merit but little economic value

Most wild bee species do not pollinate crops and offer little economic return; scientists suggest other reasons to conserve them

Honeybees appear to be Asian

The first global genetic analysis of honeybees reveals new insights into their history.

Lack of knowledge about insect pollination

Understanding exactly how pollinators – particularly bees - and the plants they pollinate are affected by human activities requires extensive knowledge. This knowledge is also important in calculating the value of pollination ecology.

Misleading moths with fake fragrances

The flights of moths and butterflies might appear willy-nilly but the insects are guided by their sense of smell. A pesticide specialist is now developing artificial rowanberry scents to capture moths and protect apple orchards.

Honey bee mystery protein is a freight train for health and lifespan

Why are bee colonies worldwide suffering mysterious deaths? A new study describes a single bee protein that can promote bee health and solve a major economic challenge.