Irish workers bees and a queen bee with a yellow spot on back pictured in a hive. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland has joined a group of 20 countries trying to halt a decline in bee populations that threatens food production and biodiversity. Pollinators, (...)

Native Irish honeybee Apis mellifera mellifera. Photograph: David Raleigh

The pure native Irish honeybee is not extinct as previously feared and is living in many parts of the island of Ireland, a post-graduate research stud(...)

Bees and other pollinators are vital to food production but are in decline. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

The world’s largest-ever field trial has shown for the first time the scale of damage to honey bees and wild bees - including the bumble bee - caused (...)

Where pollinators can flourish: a blackthorn in flower. Illustration: Michael Viney

It looked like a miniature bumblebee, about the size of my little fingernail. Then, lifting from a starry blue flower no bigger than itself, the furry(...)

Most bees prefer plants which have flowers at the blue, purple and pink end of the colour spectrum, while plants like clover and knapweed are particularly successful at attracting them. File photograph: Natural England/PA Wire

Ireland’s motorways and railways are to be “rewilded” to create bee highways in an attempt to save them from extinction and their food supplies from (...)

Domesticated honeybees are spreading diseases from their managed hives to bee populations in the wild. The disease transfer is speeding up the decl(...)