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Posts by dadelane

29
Aug

Our Bees, Ourselves

This article from the New York Times discusses the current state of Honey bee populations worldwide, focusing on the dramatic losses that have been seen in population numbers.

NYT pic

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.

Sam Droege picwild bee pic

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!