Bees

Scientists removed the first-ever murder hornets nest in the United States. Here’s what they found.

Asian Giant Hornets, aka "murder hornets", don't belong in the United States. They accidentally made their way here from Asia, probably by hopping a ride on a sea vessel. And yeah, we don't want them here. Not just because of their scary name, but because the invasive species kills native bee populations which are critical to the nation's crops and ecosystems. In order to keep an eye on the little rascals, scientists tied tiny little radio transmitters to the waists of three murder hornets in Washington state. Then let them go. When telemetry from the transmitters showed a possible murder hornet nest in Blaine, Washington, they donned their bee suits, grabbed their vacuum cleaners, and headed out the door. According to scientists, they got there "just

Ultra-rare metallic blue bee spotted for first time in years in Florida.

Researchers in Florida have spotted a rare bee that has been missing for so long, it was feared to be extinct. The Blue Calamintha Bee was spotted on March 9 by a researcher from a Florida museum. It was the first time one has been seen since 2016. The shiny little blue bee was observed on a flower "rubbing its head on the top portion of the flower". This sort of behavior is unusual for most bees but a common characteristic of the blue calamintha bee. It has unusual facial hairs that it uses to collect pollen. Sources: USA Today