(Science Alert) In the crop fields of Argentina, bees have been building nests for their young out of some strange materials. For the first time, scientists have found bee nests made entirely out of plastic waste.
(São Paulo Research Foundation) A new study by Brazilian biologists suggests that the effect of pesticides on bees could be worse than previously thought. Even when used at a level considered nonlethal, an insecticide curtailed the lives of bees by up to 50 percent. The researchers also found that a fungicide deemed safe for bees altered the behavior of workers and made them lethargic, potentially jeopardizing the survival of the entire colony.
(Minnesota Public Radio) Gov. Tim Walz made the state bee designation official when he signed state budget bills into law this week after a contentious legislative session. The designation comes along with a pledge to protect the bee, which in Minnesota is found primarily in and around the Twin Cities. And scientists say regular Minnesotans can help the population recover.
(Star Tribune) The state of Minnesota will set aside $900,000 over one year to assist homeowners by covering much of the cost of converting traditional lawns by planting wildflowers, clover and native grasses in an effort to slow the collapse of the state’s bee population. The plan could help replenish food sources for pollinators of all kinds, but will specifically aim at saving the rusty patched bumblebee, a fat and fuzzy species on the brink of extinction that seems to be making its final stand in the cities of the Upper Midwest.
(Food & Wine) The “McHive” started with a single McDonald’s Sweden location that placed a beehive on its roof. Others joined in, and now five franchises have beehives in all. Others plan to join the cause, with some locations even “replacing the grass around their restaurants with flowers and plants that are important for the well-being of wild bees.”
(Washington Post) The EPA announced Monday it has canceled the registrations of 12 pest-killing products with compounds belonging to a class of chemicals known as neonicotinoids, as part of a legal settlement.
(Atlas Obscura) “I would argue, as would many other beeologists, that most bees are arguably cuter than most kids.” It’s hard to tell whether or not Sam Droege is joking. TBR Editor: I just rediscovered this piece from 2018. The rock star photos and Droege’s commentary make it worth sharing again.
(The Bees of GSENM project) It’s been a couple weeks since the end of our ioby crowdfunding campaign for the Bees of Grand Staircase-Escalante project, and I have some truly exciting news to share with you: we raised over $28,000! This means we are fully funded to get our team of four back on the ground to study and film this exquisitely beautiful little world of bees in one of the most amazing places on Earth. Thank you, one and all, for your support! We would not be doing this without you.