The World’s Most Popular Weed Killer Has a Previously Unknown Effect on Bumblebees

The world favorite herbicide is making it harder for buff-tailed bumblebees to keep their hives warm enough to incubate larvae, new research finds. Bumblebees (Bombus terrestris) face food shortages due to habitat loss and the widespread monocultures of agricultural crops. Like honeybees, they feed on nectar collected from plants, and store more of it in … Read more

Why Did Vikings Mysteriously Leave Greenland? We May Finally Know The Reason

For the better part of four centuries, Greenland’s southern coast defined the westernmost edge of Viking occupation. Seduced by visions of verdant hills and fertile ground, in the late 10th century waves of Norse migrants set sail in hopes of an easier life abroad. At its peak, the colony’s population numbered in the thousands, spread … Read more

Scientists find new colony structure of fire ants evolved in one species before spreading to others — ScienceDaily

Scientists from Queen Mary University of London have discovered that a new form of ant society spread across species. They found that after the new form of society evolved into one species, a “social supergene” carrying the instruction-set for the new social form spread into other species. This spread occurred through hybridisation, ie, breeding between … Read more

Spiders Caught Hunting in Giant Synchronized Swarms, And Now We Know How

Pack hunting spiders exist in places other than your nightmares. While most spiders enjoy solitary lives, 20 of the roughly 50,000 known spider species live in colonies. One species, Anelosimus eximiuslives in extremely large colonies of up to 1,000 individual spiders that work together to build webs spanning several meters. When prey falls into their … Read more