Birds unfamiliar with non-striped bumblebees avoid them instinctually, suggesting that birds fear the sound rather than the sight of bumblebees. The Libyan oasis bees of Kufra were found to have lived in isolation for the past five millennia. Biologists made progress in determining what makes a bee a queen. Honeybees are smarter in the morning and are not fooled by the midnight sun.From Harpers, November 2010.
In other news: blue honey.
Photo found here.