(Michigan State University) “Species that declined collected pollen from fewer species of plants and seem to have a narrower range of plants they visit for pollen. In contrast, the stable species visit a much wider variety of plants. This suggests that picky eaters are less able to switch if a favorite plant isn’t available.”
(University of Guelph) “These results showed a complex and non-additive interaction between these two stressors.” TBR Editor: In other words, these are some wacky results that show the impact of neonics on bees is not simple or straight forward.
(Atlas Obscura) While it’s too soon to tell for sure just how many hung in there — Géant told CNN that he hadn’t yet gotten up to the roof to inspect the hives — he was overjoyed by what he’d seen so far. At this point, that sign of life amid the wreckage felt precious, he said. He called it “a miracle.”
(York University) “This species is at risk of extinction and it’s currently not protected in any way despite the drastic decline.” The research team used data from three sources: citizen science data from Bumble Bee Watch, the Bumble Bees of North America database with records dating back to the late-1800s, and their own field work.
(Fast Company) To help bees, conservation groups have called on everyday citizens to do their part in their own communities by planting bee-friendly gardens, avoiding harsh pesticides, and even creating their own hives. Or you could just watch porn.
(University of Virginia) “The non-natives are already the most common species of mason bee in much of Virginia.” TBR Editor: Although the author of this piece and I share the same name, there’s no relation.
(University of New Hampshire) Out of the declining species, say researchers, 13 are ground-nesters and one is a cavity-nester. The researchers also found that most of the declining species experienced significant shifts in both elevation and latitude.
(Oregon State University) “Twenty times more individuals and eleven times more species were captured in areas that experienced high fire severity relative to areas with the lowest fire severity. We detected a large number of bees in recently burned forest patches.”