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Beekeepers are struggling to keep up with farms’ pollination needs

As demand for crops grows, the pollination services provided by the honeybees managed by beekeepers are becoming increasingly insufficient Life 17 May 2022 By Gary Hartley Members of the Somerset Beekeepers’ Association inspect the hives at their apiary in Somerset, UK MaxWillcock/Bournemouth News/Shutterstock Honeybee populations managed by beekeepers are “far…
bubmag
May 17, 2022
Bees

Millions of bees used in pollination die in airline shipping

A shipment of honeybees bound from California to Alaska died after an airline re-routed them through Atlanta, then left them to sit on the tarmac during hot weather By The Associated Press 29 April 2022, 19:07 • 3 min read About 5 million honeybees bound for Alaska last weekend got…
bubmag
April 29, 2022
Bees

Mini Yard Meadows Give Bees a Boost

Sacrificing a small patch of your garden may be enough to greatly improve the plight of bees at a time when pollinators are suffering huge declines. “A small wildflower patch or a mini meadow in your garden could have big benefits for biodiversity,” says Janine Griffiths-Lee, a PhD candidate in…
bubmag
April 28, 2022
Bees

How to Attract Wasps to Your Garden (and Why You Should)

Photo: Thijs de Graaf (Shutterstock) Wasps have a public relations problem. Sure, there are probably plenty of people out there who aren’t big fans of bees—especially if they’ve had an allergic reaction to being stung by one—but ultimately, most would make their feelings known with the caveat that they realize…
bubmag
April 17, 2022
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Bumblebees Work Better after Caffeine Intake, New Study Shows

Caffeine is a widely occurring plant defense chemical that occurs in the nectar of some plants, e.g., coffee and citrus, where it may influence pollinator behavior to enhance pollination. New laboratory tests show that buff-tailed bumblebees (Bombus terrestris) locate new food sources emitting a learned floral odor more consistently if…
bubmag
July 29, 2021
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We Crush, Poison, and Destroy Insects at Our Own Peril

This past summer, my wife and I ventured to an area near Mount Adams in southwestern Washington state to census bumblebees. We camped there over the weekend as we took part in the Pacific Northwest Bumblebee Atlas survey. Scientists want to fill gaps in their knowledge about the bees. Learning…
bubmag
January 20, 2021