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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

30
Jul

Spider venom, an unlikely savior!

Read how spider venom from the Australian funnel web spider, one of the world’s most venomous spiders, can be used as a Honey bee friendly biopesticide.

aussie spider

28
Jul

Antimicrobial Effects of Honey

This publication from the American Chemical Society (ACS) discusses how honey produced by honey bees can have beneficial health effects, specifically focusing on how honey can help to fight infections.  Characteristics of honey, including its acidity and high sugar concentration, help your body fight off harmful bacteria.
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