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17
Jan

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8
Dec

Honey Bee Slideshow

11
Aug

With Honey Bee Population Numbers Continuously Decreasing, Wild Bees Come Into the Limelight

Sam Droege, native bee guru and Wildlife Biologist from the USGS, is helping lead the charge to find supplemental pollinators, as a result of the decline in Honey Bee numbers.  Read how Droege is leading the creation of a national inventory of wild bees, which could eventually be used to save American agriculture.

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7
Aug

Snail shell-nesting mason bees

This podcast from BBC Radio discusses the preferred nesting place of a specific species of mason bees – vacant snail shells.
mason bee snail shell

6
Aug

Bees Use an Unlikely Resource to Help Build Nests

Scott MacIvor and Andrew Moore have found that Bees are using an unlikely resource to help construct their nests – plastic.  Their research has found that two species of megachilid bees have started using plastic, independently of one another, for nest construction.  The full article is available here courtesy of the ESA.
megachilid bee

1
Aug

Bees Provide a Sweet Solution to Airbus’ Pollution Problem

Beehives are placed near an airport runway in Hamburg to measure pollution levels on behalf of aircraft manufacturing giant Airbus.

31
Jul

Bee Social Behavior in Action!

This video captures the social behavior of Bumble bees, one of the eusocial species within the family Apidae, in action!

31
Jul

Researchers find that wildflower abundance is linked to wild bee abundance and pollinator services

This article published in the Journal of Applied Ecology details how planting wildflowers adjacent to crop fields serves to increase wild bee diversity and enhance the pollinator services provided by these wild bees.
wildflowers