Scientists at the University of Washington have come up with an unusual way to help farmers get information about the plants in their fields: putting sensors on the backs of bumblebees.
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Every year, butterfly lovers in California go out in November to count monarch butterflies. The 2018 count had a very worrying result - monarch numbers had dropped by 86% since 2017.
Scientists working in Brazil have discovered a collection of termite mounds that cover an area as large as Britain. The oldest mound they tested is close to 4,000 years old.
There have long been reports that animals behave differently during an eclipse. Now, thanks to student helpers and some small microphones, scientists have learned what bees do during an eclipse: Nothing.
25,000 swarming bees landed on a hot dog stand in New York City on Tuesday, causing a lot of excitement until the police were able to deal with the problem.
Scientists have learned that ladybugs don't like loud rock music or city noises. That's good for farmers to know, since ladybugs eat smaller insects that feed on plants farmers grow.
On Friday, the 2018 Big Butterfly Count began. For the next three weeks, people all over the UK will count the butterflies they see, giving scientists information about the environment.
Scientists in Australia have shown that bees seem to understand the idea of zero. Up until now only a few animals with larger brains have shown this skill.