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Pesticides Likely Causing Stress amongst Bees

Pesticides Likely Causing Stress amongst Bees

A latest study conducted by the Royal Holloway University of London's researchers has suggested how bees tended to face physiological stress due to pesticides.

The team of researchers suspected that the population of bees was probably being indirectly affected by the pesticide levels. The normal bee behaviour, according to Dr. Nigel Raine's belief, was impacted hugely by pesticides.

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Britain's First Honeybee Reserve to be set up for Protecting Species

Britain's First Honeybee Reserve to be set up for Protecting Species

The first honeybee reserve in Britain is to be set up on the Hebridean islands of Colonsay and Oronsay.

To keep any other species on the islands other than the British black honeybee, Apis mellifera mellifera will be treated as offence by the reserve. There are about 250 native species of bee in Britain but only one of these is farmed for honey.

Campaigners have been calling for the islands to be named as official reserves for years, after two locations were selected for a pilot breeding station in 1941.

Turkeys are Running Wild after Nearly Wiped out of Existence Once

Turkeys are Running Wild after Nearly Wiped out of Existence Once

Wild turkeys are eating crops, ruining gardens, crashing into cars and motorcycles and even destroying through suburban windows. Previously almost wiped out of existence here, turkeys are running wild.

Missing in Maine 26 years ago, the population of turkey has increased to an estimated 60,000 birds. The growth in Maine mirrors across North America, with the number increasing from about 1 million to 7 million birds in the past 30 years.

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Gilgo Beach Reports Humpback Whale in Fishing Net

Gilgo Beach Reports Humpback Whale in Fishing Net

A humpback whale's demise is being investigated by a group of Long Island's marine fisheries experts. On Tuesday morning, the whale was found ashore east of Gilgo Beach in fishing net.

Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation's Kimberly Durham said that the examination into the matter is being backed by state environmental officials.

A surfer discovered the whale, which weighed in at around 20 tons, almost a mile to the east of Gilgo. According to Durham, wounds and suffering was there in the whale after being in the net.

Bad Weather Causes Insects to Stop Carnal Desire

Bad Weather Causes Insects to Stop Carnal Desire

An interesting joint research conducted by researchers from the University of Sao Paulo and the University of Western Ontarios has suggested that bugs put a stop to their carnal desire, when they sense change in the weather like a storm or rain.

In their study, the researchers observed the impact of atmosphere change on the sexual behaviour of three types of insects, i. e. the potato aphid, the true armyworm moth and the curcurbit beetle.

Meet the Scary Insect that took 19 Lives in China

Meet the Scary Insect that took 19 Lives in China

There are large numbers of scary creatures in nature that make us scream with only a sight of them. However, this one is the scariest of all.

And the creatures that scare the heck out of us are called as Asian Giant Hornet, or Vespa Mandarinia. They are honored as the world's largest hornets. An average wasp grows up to a length of 2.2 inches. The queen hornets are slightly bigger in the size than the male "drones" or workers.

Around 18 Mammal and 19 Bird Species Made Comeback in Europe: Study

Around 18 Mammal and 19 Bird Species Made Comeback in Europe: Study

Since about 1960, there are a number of mammals and bird species that have made a comeback in Europe. In order to come up with the names of the same, different organizations were involved.

The organizations that have come up with the paper are the Zoological Society of London, the European Bird Census Council (EBCC) and BirdLife International.

Though it is a great news that the species have resurged, main aim of the study is to know which conservation strategy has worked and led to comeback of the selected species.

USDA Designs Special Trap to Capture Everglades Pythons

USDA Designs Special Trap to Capture Everglades Pythons

It seems something is going wrong in the Florida Everglades. Federal wildlife officials have warned the people about invasion by Burmese pythons.

Wildlife Officials are trying their level best to control the invasion by such species. They tried radio tracking collars, a massive public hunt and even snake-sniffing dogs to protect the Floridians from these species.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) got an official document to design a special trap, the previous month.

After Central Texas, Zebra Mussels Now Suspected in Lake Worth & Joe Pool

After Central Texas, Zebra Mussels Now Suspected in Lake Worth & Joe Pool

Texas Parks and Wildlife officials have announced on Thursday that zebra mussels are found in Central Texas. Officials are now suspecting the presence in Lake Worth and Joe Pool Lake, as well. In Central Texas, the species has been found in Belton Lake.

According to the officials, consistent efforts are being made in order to control the infestation of these undesired species in the water.

On September 18, zebra mussels were found in Belton Lake. Now, they have also been spotted in Brazos River basin, which is about 200 miles in the south of Belton Lake.

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Acoustic Stimuli Caused Mass Strandings of Whales in 2008

In 2008, around 100 melon-headed whales were stranded in the Loza Lagoon system in northwest Madagascar. An investigation was carried out in order to know the reason behind the mass strandings.

As per the review carried out with the help of The International Fund for Animal Welfare and Wildlife Conservation Society and Wildlife Conservation Society, it has been found that mass strandings were the result of acoustic stimuli.

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