A federal appeals court blocked the use of a pesticide over concerns about its effect on honey bees, which have mysteriously disappeared across the country in recent years. In 2013, the United States Environmental Protection Agency did not adequately study the use of the pesticide Sulfoxaflor before approving it for use on a wide variety of crops. Sulfpxaflor is highly toxic to honeybees and EPA was required to get further tests done according to the Circuit Judge Mary Schroeder. Given the dangerous situation of the bee populations this placed a higher risk and environmental harm, A new study deems this pesticide dangerous to bees, although there is not a clear.
There is a new study to suggest the flight patterns and maneuverability of honeybees is altered by the weight of their loads and type of food they carry. Bees are very capable aviators and navigators but scientists wanted to see how their flying varies when carrying pollen and nectar. The scientist developed a wind tunnel to study the bees flying with and without pollen and nectar. They used a robotic flower as a moving landing pad for the bees so they studied the bees using high speed cameras with changing wind factors. They found when the bees were carrying pollen in their legs they maneuvered more like a jumbo jet.