(University of Wyoming) Bumble bees and other bee species are in decline worldwide. “We know climate plays a role… Understanding their temperature tolerance will be really important in determining how they will adapt to changing temperatures.”
(CBS 17) The grassroots group Environment North Carolina delivered a petition with 13,452 signatures to Gov. Roy Cooper’s office, calling for a consumer ban on the sale and use of neonicotinoid pesticides. House Bill 559, also known as the Pollinator Protection Act, stalled in committee this spring.
(The Register-Guard) The Oregon Bee Project has a strategic plan, launched in June 2018, with four goals: protect bees from pesticide exposure, increase habitat, reduce impacts of diseases and pests on bees and expand the understanding of bees in the state.
(Twitter, Laura Russo @lrusso08) “Senna marilandica is a great example of a buzz-pollinated flower with extra-floral nectaries. The green Augochlorini here are buzzing the flowers, while a diversity of bees, flies, and moths visit the nectaries above #FeedABee”
(2 Million Blossoms) 2 Million Blossoms, a new quarterly magazine dedicated to protecting our pollinators, will reportedly print its first issue in January 2020. The magazine is planning to offer short and long form articles exploring how bees, birds, butterflies and bats enhance the planet.
(AdAge) To draw attention to the plight of the pollinators, Papa John’s U.K. has made what it calls the world’s first pizza for bees. The “Beezza” is just one inch across and topped with honey, wildflowers, local pollen, rosemary and thyme. When U.K. customers order the pie online between now and September, they can donate the change to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.
(EurekAlert/American Chemical Society) Neonicotinoid pesticides continue to be investigated because of their suspected role as a contributing factor in declining bee populations. However, limitations in sampling and analytical techniques have prevented a full understanding of the connection. Now researchers have developed a new type of probe that helps to quantify neonicotinoids in plants and study their movement and distribution throughout the plants over time.
(TriState Livestock News) “We are in year two of a 15-year project to document the 500 to 1,000 species of native bees in Montana.” But to examine all 147,000 square miles of the state would require significant manpower, and to fill that need, an unlikely partnership was created. The researchers put together boxes that included curriculum and bee-sampling tools and sent them to one-room schoolhouses across the state.