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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.

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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.