Category: Pollinators

Pheromones and social lives are becoming a liability for insects in changing climates

Read the full story at Massive Science.

Animals that live in cooperative societies share traits that may make them vulnerable to change, and humans may struggle in their absence

Backyard data in six US states shows that native mason bees are declining

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For 13 years, volunteers across the mid-Atlantic region helped scientists track mason bees.

A quarter of known bee species haven’t appeared in public records since the 1990s

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Researchers at the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) in Argentina have found that, since the 1990s, up to 25% of reported bee species are no longer being reported in global records, despite a large increase in the number of records available. While this does not mean that these species are all extinct, it might indicate that these species have become rare enough that no one is observing them in nature. The findings appear January 22 in the journal One Earth.

Pollinators not getting the ‘buzz’ they need in news coverage

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A dramatic decline in bees and other pollinating insects presents a threat to the global food supply, yet it’s getting little attention in mainstream news.

That’s the conclusion of a study from researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, published this week in a special issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study was based on a search of nearly 25 million news items from six prominent U.S. and global news sources, among them The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Associated Press.

The Bee Whisperers of Slovenia Have a Plan to Save Colonies From Climate Change

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In Slovenia, beekeeping is a way of life. In this small European nation of 2 million, 1 out of every 200 people is a beekeeper. That is four times as many as in the European Union as a whole. Honey features in many Slovenian dishes and many Slovenes use “apitherapy” (honey bee products) to treat illnesses and chronic injuries. Not even the coronavirus, which has infected over 1,400 people and killed at least 96, slowed down the country’s dedication to keeping bees. During the lockdown, the government deemed bee keepers essential workers, permitting them to travel freely to tend to their hives.

Wetlands Study Finds Rare Bee

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The northern amber bumblebee, considered a critically imperiled species in New York state, was discovered this summer in a wet meadow along Schoharie Creek during fieldwork focused on objectively assessing wetlands. New York City’s watershed is now on the very short list of locations where this tiny creature has been found over the last 40 years! As part of the wetlands study, scientists also collected data about pollinators.

Honey Bee and Human Social Life Are Surprisingly Similar, Researchers Say

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In an interesting turn of events, researchers have detected an unexpected and very interesting similarity between honey bee and human social life and the lack of it…

Their findings were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

Bee neighborly — sharing bees helps more farmers

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Many farmers are used to sharing big equipment—like tractors and other costly machinery — with neighboring farms. Sharing cuts costs, lowers the farmer’s debt load, and increases community wellbeing. But big machinery might not be the only opportunity for farmers to reap the benefits of cost-sharing with their neighbors. New research suggests that the concept could also be applied to a more lively kind of agricultural resource — wild bees.

Why Some Ecologists Worry About Rooftop Honey Bee Programs

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Urban beekeeping has given some scientists pause. They wonder if these efforts are really helping to save the bees—especially native species.

Will Putting Honey Bees on Public Lands Threaten Native Bees?

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As suitable sites become scarce, commercial beekeepers are increasingly moving their hives to U.S. public lands. But scientists warn that the millions of introduced honey bees pose a risk to native species, outcompeting them for pollen and altering fragile plant communities.

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