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After a Decade of Colony Collapse, Bees Are Bouncing Back! (Sort Of)

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A new report shows bee populations are on the rise, but the hives are still facing major threats.

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Honeybees Ravaged by 'Colony Collapse Disorder' Are Making a Huge Comeback
"The number of U.S. honeybees, a critical component to agricultural production, rose in 2017 from a year earlier, and deaths of the insects attributed to a mysterious malady that's affected hives in North America and Europe declined, according a U.S. Department of Agriculture honeybee health survey released Tuesday."

Deadly Mites Can Leap From Flowers Onto Bees, This First-Ever Video Shows
"For the first time, Varroa mites have been recorded hopping onto honey bees from flowers, and doing so with surprising agility, according to a study published in the journal PLOS ONE. Researchers from Cornell University recorded the footage."

Honey Bees Cry 'Whoop' When They Collide
"Scientists have just decoded another bit of honey bee speech, and the newfound 'word' the bees are buzzing is 'whoop.' In a study published in the journal PLOS One, researchers with Nottingham Trent University (NTU) have learned that a particular honey bee vibration signal long presumed to be a warning about danger outside the hive might also be a kind of startle response, issued when the tiny fliers bump into each other in the hive."


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