(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.”
(National Geographic) Since the 1930s, Maya beekeepers have made the Yucatán into a world-class honey producer. But the rapidly expanding presence of Old Colony Mennonites, who are transforming large swathes of land into agricultural fields, could change that. Beekeepers say that the large-scale agriculture and the genetically modified soy planted by the Mennonites is killing their hives and contaminating the supply of honey with pesticides. In 2012, the beekeepers sued the government and won—resulting in a supreme court ban on transgenic soybeans four years ago. But on the ground, little has changed.
(EurekAlert/University of Saskatchewan) Traces of neonicotinoid pesticides can impair a flying insect’s ability to spot predators and avoid collisions with objects in their path.
(University of California – San Diego) Recent research shows that worst-case, field-realistic doses of Sivanto, in combination with a common fungicide, can synergistically harm honey bee behavior and survival. “The idea that this pesticide is a silver bullet in the sense that it will kill all the bad things but preserve the good things is very alluring but deserves caution.”