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Honeybees are important to plants for reasons that go beyond pollination, according to a new study published in the December 23rd issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press publication. The insects’ buzz also defends plants against the caterpillars that would otherwise munch on them undisturbed.

The researchers, led by Jürgen Tautz of Biozentrum Universität Würzburg, Germany, earlier found that many caterpillars possess fine sensory hairs on the front portions of their bodies that enable them to detect air vibrations, such as the sound of an approaching predatory wasp or honeybee. [Read full article]

EurekaAlert (Dec 23 2008 )

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“In recent years there have been regular sightings of bumblebees active throughout the winter season. BWARS wishes to gather information about this activity, in order to investigate whether or not this phenomenon is on the increase in the British Isles. If you see any bumblebees this winter please tell us about it”.

Further details and advice on reporting your winter bumblebee sightings

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A recently discovered ant species may soon be colonising parks and gardens across northern Europe, including the UK, scientists suggest. [Read full article]

BBC (Dec 3 2008 )

Lasius neglectus images on Antweb

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