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On the Hunt: Honeybee Scouts Find Food

Honeybee in flight

honeybee flies through the air.

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A honeybee returns to her hive in Urbana, Illinois.

Honeybee in flight

honeybee flying toward a purple flower.

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A honeybee forager visits fall asters in Urbana, Illinois

Honeybee on flower

A honeybee tagged with the number 25 visits a purple flower.

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A tagged honeybee scouting a hyacinth bean (Lablab purpureus) flower out.

Honeybee on flower

a honeybee visits a pale yellow flower

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A honeybee scout takes a sample of nectar from a flower.

Honeybee approaches flower

A honeybee flies up to a bright yellow flower.

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A scout bee approaches Chinese cabbage flowers.

Honeybee on Thistle

Honeybee investigating a pink thistle flower

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A honeybee scout investigates a flower of star thistle.

Honeybee on poppy

A honeybee approaches a bright orange poppy flower

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A scout bee approaches a flower of California poppy.

Honeybee in flight

honeybee flies through the air.

(Image credit: Alex Wild / alexanderwild.com)

A honeybee returns to her hive in Urbana, Illinois.

honeybees on honeycomb

Two honeybees meet on honeycomb.

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scout bee (top) comes home and shares her findings with another forager.

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A wild bee (the bumble bee Bombus vosnesenskii) and a honey bee forage together on a sunflower. Honey bees that interact with wild, native bees are up to five times more efficient in pollinating sunflowers.

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A colony of honeybees. An unknown pathogen is pushing the industrious honeybee to disaster as scientists scurry to figure out what the cause is. Early results of a key study by the USDA and Pennsylvania State University point towards some kind of disease or parasite. About one-third of the human diet comes from insect-pollinated plants and the honeybee is responsible for 80 percent of that pollination, according to the USDA.

Jennifer Welsh
Jennifer Welsh graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz's Science Communication graduate program after working at a start up biotech company for three years after getting her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of Notre Dame. She has worked at WiredScience, The Scientist and Discover Magazine before joining the Live Science team.