Leaving lawns untreated and allowing flowering plants to grow can help support the endangered rusty patched bumblebee The plump rusty patched bumblebee, Bombus affinis, once buzzed all across the eastern United States, the upper Midwest and parts of Canada. But today, the chunky critter is endangered, its population reduced by nearly 90 percent. In Minnesota, where the rusty patched … More Minnesota Will Pay Residents to Grow Bee Friendly Lawns
Bumble bees have discriminating palettes when it comes to their pollen meals, according to researchers at Penn State. The researchers found that bumble bees can detect the nutritional quality of pollen, and that this ability helps them selectively forage among plant species to optimize their diets. “Populations of many bee species are in decline across … More Picky eaters: Bumble bees prefer plants with nutrient-rich pollen
By Daniel B. Wood West Los Angeles, Calif. — Butterflies and hummingbirds flit in the shafts of light behind Chelsea McFarland as she tells a group of about 20 interested volunteers – residents ages 6 to 66 from around this West Los Angeles suburb – what they can do to combat the dramatic worldwide depletion of the … More Honeybee populations are under attack but the founders of nonprofit HoneyLove believe bees’ best future is in cities. And Save the Bees supports well managed urban groups like HoneyLove.
With bee populations in decline, a new study offers hope for a relatively simple mechanism to promote bee health and well-being: providing bees access to sunflowers. The study, conducted by researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, showed that two different species of bees fed a diet of sunflower pollen … More Sunflower pollen has medicinal, protective effects on bees
We all know that honey is healthier than any synthetic sweetener. This is because it contains plant chemicals and antioxidants that protect the body from disease and premature aging, but is the “innocent” honey we buy without hesitation in the supermarket really the most natural and healthy product for us? The next article will … More The health benefits of eating honey
Clues show that their immune genes are under selection, pointing to disease as a likely cause of yellow-banded bumblebee. By sequencing the genome of the yellow-banded bumblebee, York University researchers have found that inbreeding and disease are likely culprits in their rapid decline in North America. This is believed to be the first time the genome … More Inbreeding and disease are factors in decline of yellow-banded bumblebee
Exposure to thiamethoxam reduces the chances of a bumblebee queen starting a new colony by more than a quarter. Bumblebees are less able to start colonies when exposed to a common neonicotinoid pesticide, according to a new University of Guelph study. Prof. Nigel Raine has discovered that exposure to thiamethoxam reduces the chances of a … More Neonics put bumblebees at risk of extinction by hindering colony formation, study reveals