bee population decline, murder hornets

America’s First Nest of ‘Murder Hornets’ Gets Exterminated

Scientists have destroyed America’s first-ever nest of Asian giant hornets. The insects, also known by the name of “murder hornets,” have a sting that can put a person in the hospital and even cause death. Native to Asia, the hornets’ first American nest was found in Washington state in the city of Blaine. The nest ...

Raven Montmorency

Murder hornet eating jam put out by scientists.

Scientists Predict Potential Habitat Spread of Invasive Asian Giant Hornet

Researchers at Washington State University have predicted how and where the Asian giant hornet, an invasive newcomer to the Pacific Northwest, popularly dubbed the “murder hornet,” could spread and find ideal habitat, both in the United States and globally. Sharing their discoveries in a newly published article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the ...

Troy Oakes

An Asian giant hornet.

Bees and Ecology: Why Asian Worker Bees Prefer European Queen Bees

In China, European honey bees were introduced in the 19th century. Since then, almost 80 percent of the country’s native honey bee population is estimated to have been lost. The European honey bees are now causing a major change in China’s cultivation tactics, as well as the flora of the land. Bees decline in China European ...

Armin Auctor

A colony of European bees.

Saving the Bees: A Dutch Solution

In the town of Utrecht in the Netherlands, many of the bus stop rooftops are covered in plants. This has been done in support of saving the bees in the region. Saving the bees More than 300 bus stops in Utrecht have been converted into bee-friendly places. In addition to boosting the biodiversity of the ...

Troy Oakes

A bee pollinating a clover flower.