How will bees react during Rome’s lockdown?

Image of beekeepers checking hives on rooftop.

(Phys.org) Even as Rome endured a recently ended two-month lockdown, some lucky honey bees residing in hives atop the special forestry unit of Italy’s carabinieri – the military police which has a special force charged with protecting forests and the environment – were thriving. The coronavirus epidemic offered a unique opportunity for research, as traffic, pollution and noise in the sprawling city virtually stopped overnight in early March after a nationwide quarantine was ordered.