(New York Times) A breeze-ruffled garden can be a minefield for honey bees: airborne seeds, shifting leaves and lurching flowers are basically projectiles, trap doors and Godzilla-tipped skyscrapers. In a new study, researchers found that when the going is tough, honey bees appear to high-tail it and hope for the best.
(EurekAlert/Flinders University) Ancestors of a distinctive pollinating bee found across Australia probably originated in tropical Asian countries, islands in the south-west Pacific or greater Oceania region. Describing the likely dispersal corridor for the ancestral lineage of the bee genus Homalictus will help understand the social evolution of the vibrant halictine bees say researchers. Ecologists are hopeful that the diverse origins of native bees are giving them an edge in withstanding and adapting further to climate change.
(Entomology Today) “Reproducibility is a hot topic in today’s scientific world. Chances are, you’ve come across mentions in news outlets or social media sites of the “reproducibility crisis” in the medical and social sciences. These reproducibility issues have led to a movement to make science more open, especially with respect to how we handle our data, carry out our analyses, produce our results, and report our findings. By being more transparent about how we have carried out our work, the hope is that we will make our work more reproducible. Many tools are available to make our work more reproducible…”
(USDA ARS) Exotic Bee ID, a website created to help identify non-native bees in the United States, has been expanded to include more information and species.
(University of Minnesota Extension) The University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus is now an affiliate of Bee Campus USA. As an official Bee Campus, Extension and several University colleges have pledged to highlight and expand the university’s actions to promote pollinator conservation.
(Twitter, Charlotte de Keyzer @cwdekeyzer) “I’m hesitant to jump on #PollinatorWeek and provide my expertise & best bee pics for free. This week is supposed to bring greater awareness to the importance of pollinators but looking at the latest tweets, it’s mostly being used for advertising. I have some thoughts”
(Environmental Protection Agency) Administrator Andrew Wheeler has signed a proclamation designating the week of June 22 as National Pollinator Week. Administrator Wheeler is the first EPA Administrator to sign such a proclamation.
(Washington State University) Developing robotic technology for crop pollination is the goal of a new project for Washington State University and Penn State University scientists. Funded by a nearly $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Washington State Department of Agriculture the project will involve looking at models for blossom development, working with camera and machine learning systems, and developing a robotic hand and arm to spread pollen.