(CBC) Ann Puddicombe has no formal scientific training, but she has become one of the top three contributors to Bumble Bee Watch in Canada. In addition to providing observations of bees that are rare, Puddicombe has even identified a bee that hadn’t been seen in other parts of Ontario in a decade.
(Twitter, Dr. Hollis Woodard @bee_witcher) “Bumble bee folks: register for BOMBUSS asap b/c spots are running out fast! This meeting will focus more on conservation and you’ll have the amazing opportunity to meet and hang w/ some of the greats of our field (I’ll be there too! 😆) 💚 join us!”
(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.”
(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.
(Twitter, The Xerces Society @xercessociety) “We still need folks to adopt grid cells for @pnwbumblebees! This community science project spans #Oregon, #Washington, and #Idaho. When you choose a grid cell, you’re committing to #hike it at least 2x this summer & report #bumblebee sightings.”
(Hokkaido University) Researchers examined the relationship of Corydailis ambigua and bumble bees for 19 years in a natural forest of Hokkaido. Usually the bloom of the flowers and emergence of the bumble bees are in sync. But when the snowmelt is early, flowering tends to occur before the bees emerge, creating a mismatch. The wider the mismatch, the lower the seed-set rate due to insufficient pollination.
(Anthropocene) There indeed seem to be many fewer bugs than there used to be – but precisely how few, and for what reasons, is still a matter of some debate. Of the species that have been reviewed, though, some 40 percent are considered threatened. These include more than one-quarter of North American and European bumblebee species. “Acting with imperfect knowledge is something that we do all of the time, in our personal and professional lives. It is a rational response to reductions in insect abundance and diversity.”
(Twitter, Elaine Evans @fuzzybumblebee) Why are grasses in pollinator mixes if bees don’t feed on them? Besides food for endangered butterflies like Dakota skippers, deep roots for water filtration & soil retention, native grasses makes great bumble bee nesting material. Bumble bee nest in our @UMNBeeLab_Squad gardens.