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Articles about NSERC-CANPOLIN researchers and the Network, as well as pollinators and pollination, that appear in the news will be posted here! Click on the title of the news item to find out more. The stories will open in a new tab or window depending on your specific browser and settings.

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Peter Kevan: "Using Pollination Research", The Grower, April 2010 (PDF)

Ernesto Guzman: "Prof Solves Bee Loss Mystery," University of Guelph News (link)

Ernesto Guzman: "Finally, a suspect in bee decline", The Toronto Star, January 24, 2010. (link)

CANPOLIN: Some researchers from the Network appeared on CBC's The Nature of Things, January 7th, 2010. (link)

CANPOLIN Peter Kevan: Guelph Portico Magazine, "Kevan gets Royal Society honours, heads national research network" January 2010 (PDF)

CANPOLIN UofG: At the University of Guelph, experts in bees and numbers are working together on studies of hive design, pollination webs and disease transmission, December 9, 2009. (link)

CANPOLIN Steve Pernal and Rob Currie: Buzzkill: Dire Outlook for Honeybees and the Consumers Who Depend on Them, AOL Environment News, November 20, 2009. (link)

CANPOLIN: New Research Network to Shed Light on Pollinator Decline, Hive Lights November, 2009. (PDF)

CANPOLIN: Bees play big role in food, article courtesy The Western Producer, October 8, 2009 (PDF)

Jeremy Kerr: Science puts malaria fight on the map, The Star, September 13, 2009 (link)

CANPOLIN: Where have all the bees gone? Septemeber 2009 The New Internationalist Magazine Issue 425. (link)

CANPOLIN: Official NSERC announcement of the Network. (link)

CANPOLIN: U of G Hub for Two $5-Million Research Networks. (link)(At Guelph article: PDF)

Peter Kevan: one of two University of Guelph professors who have been elected to the Royal Society of Canada, considered Canada's senior academic honour. (link)(At Guelph article: PDF)

CANPOLIN: June 2009 New Research Network to Shed Light on Pollinator Decline, Entomological Society of Canada Bulletin, Volume 41 (2): 93-94. (PDF)

Laurence Packer and Gaham Forbes: We can't live without life support, The Daily Gleaner, June 30, 2009. (link)

Laurence Packer: Why biodiversity matters, Telegraph-Journal, June 20, 2009. (link)

Cory Sheffield: CBC Radio Maritime Noon with Costas Halavrezos, June 12, 2009.

Peter Kevan: CBC Radio Maritime Noon with Laura Chapin, June 13, 2009.

Elizabeth Elle: Bees' disappearance has biologists buzzing, interview with CTV British Columbia, May 16, 2009. (link)

Laurence Packer: Our bumblebees on the brink, NOW magazine. (link)

Peter Kevan conducted an interview with RCI Radio's The Link - the interview is at 26 minutes in part 2 from March 31st (be sure to select the second part of the program at the top of the page, 2009-03-31).

Laurence Packer and York University: Rogers, Theresa. "The Bee Keeper." Lab Business Spring 2009: 18-22. (link)

Peter Kevan: Savage, C. December, 2008. The Plight of the Bumblebee. Canadian Geographic. (PDF)

 


 

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The Co-operative to create an army of urban beekeepers

March 31, 2010
PR Urgent
An army of new urban beekeepers supported by The Co-operative could help to reverse the worrying decline in the British honeybee population. As part of its on-going Plan Bee campaign, The Co-operative has today (1 March) announced a further £225,000 to fund bee research, as well as a step up in its support of the establishment of hives in city gardens and allotments across the UK.

 

Honeybee population continues to decline

March 31, 2010
WALB News
For the past few years, the honeybee population has drastically declined across the nation, dropping nearly 30% each year. While you may only think of bees as providers of painful stings and honey, as their population becomes more threatened, so too does the food you eat.

 

Gardens for Bumblebees

March 31, 2010
Bumblebee Watch Blog
My good colleague, Maria Kasstan spoke to the Toronto Beekeepers' Cooperative last evening. She had just returned from attending the annual pollination symposium in Guelph. The City of Guelph, Ontario, it turns out, has a very active, city-wide pollinator awareness program. A rallying point for all of this activity is Pollination Guelph, sponsor of the symposium.

 

Germany bans chemicals linked to honeybee deaths

March 31, 2010
Life in Germanry
Germany bans chemicals linked to honeybee devastation Germany has banned a family of pesticides that are blamed for the deaths of millions of honeybees

 

A Bad Winter and Pesticides Spell More Trouble for Honeybees

March 30, 2010
TreeHugger
TreeHugger has reported in the past about the mysterious honeybee decline due to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Without any discernible explanation, entire hives of honeybees have been abandoning their hives and dying. There are likely many reasons for CCD, including: parasites, viruses, bacteria, poor nutrition, and pesticides. CCD has destroyed roughly 30% of the hives in the U.S. over the past four winters, a loss of billions of bees. Although there were signs of improvement in 2009, a recent federal survey and scientific report have indicated the problem has actually gotten worse.

 

UGA researchers abuzz over rapid honeybee decline

March 30, 2010
Atlanta News
What do honeybees and hamburgers have to do with each other? A lot, actually. Go to Ted’s Montana Grill, McDonald’s or Flip Burger Boutique and give one of those burgers a good, long look. If there was no honeybee pollination, there would be no hay, clover and other forage for the cows that give you the beef. There would be no dairy products for the cheese.

 

(How and Why to) Save the Honeybees!

March 30, 2010
Belief Net - Freliving
It seems like animal week at ye Fresh Living! But I got this fascinating fact sheet from a publicist representing Dr. Reese Halter, author of The Incomparable Honeybee, and since my heart's been in pain over the honeybee sitch, I had to post on it.

 

Honeybees alive and well

March 30, 2010
Beloit Daily News
Although honeybees are disappearing out in California, they appear safe and sound in Wisconsin, according to bee keeper Wally Brown. At Brown’s beekeeping operations northwest of Beloit, he has 125 hives which are doing well. Although no one knows for sure why the bee population is plummeting in the southern and western parts of the country, Brown attributes it to a variety of factors such as pesticides, stress, mites and viruses, as well as nutritional issues.

 

Beehive woes to have increasing impact on food consumption

March 30, 2010
Citizen-Times
Colony Collapse Disorder is a disease that has been plaguing the honeybee population since Oct. 2006. CCD has also been referred to as the “disappearing disease” and the common symptom is no adult honeybees in the hive but a live queen still present with no dead honeybees in or around the hive. You might be asking yourself, “So what? They're bees.”

 

Checking in with my Beehives

March 30, 2010
The Marth Blog
My beekeeper, Guy Hodges, stopped by the farm last week to perform an early spring inspection of the hives. You may recall that on his last visit, with snow still on the ground, Guy removed the outer and inner cover and supplemented the hives with fondant bee candy to provide nourishment until early spring flowers began to bloom.

 

Honeybee crisis: Local owners working hard to survive loss of hives

March 30, 2010
Marietta Times
On a relatively warm day in December, Fleming resident Sam Hammett decided to check on his six honeybee hives. The bees were up and moving around, so Hammett fed them a combination of sugar and water, which produces a white paste known as fondant.

 

Safety with bees

March 30, 2010
The Spectrum
Adapting to Africanized honeybees in Southern Utah does not mean there is reason to panic. It means we need to be educated, more aware and careful of our surroundings. More popularly called "killer bees," the flying insect is a hybrid of one of the several honeybee subspecies. They generally appear like the more temperamental European honeybees but can only be distinguished for certain in laboratories with micrometric and DNA testing.

 

The early buzz on honeybees

March 29, 2010
Bennington Banner
For some, spring begins with the flow of maple sap, or maybe the arrival of robins or redwing blackbirds. For inveterate gardeners the new season never really starts until the soil can be turned. The arrival of honeybees in fields and orchards is an obvious sign of spring, and for the past several weeks honeybees, both domesticated and feral, have been moving about in their hives preparing to head out for the flowers.

 

Plant Hormone Regulates Nectar Production: Jasmonic Acid Triggers Nectar Accumulation in Rapeseed Flowers

March 29, 2010
Science Daily
Rapeseed is one of the ten most important agricultural crops worldwide. In spring, the rapeseed fields with their bright yellow flowers are widely visible: this year winter rapeseed is being cultivated on 1.46 million hectares in Germany; at least 2.2 million tons of rapeseed oil can be expected. Beekeepers set up their beehives in the vicinity of rapeseed fields, so that the worker bees can gather nectar This ensures that the rapeseed flowers are pollinated and a high crop yield will be obtained.

 

Honeybees face scary spring

March 29, 2010
The Olympian
Honeybees continue to struggle for survival throughout the nation, putting in peril the well-being of everything from California almonds to backyard cucumbers. As the weather has warmed, Ohio beekeepers checking into their hives have been finding significant numbers of dead bees, sometimes in the 70 percent range, said Barry Conrad, a Canal Winchester, Ohio, beekeeper.

 

The buzz on bees and crops

March 27, 2010
News Observer
In the past five years, as the phenomenon known as colony-collapse disorder has spread across the United States and Europe, causing the disappearance of whole colonies of domesticated honeybees, many people have come to fear that our food supply is in peril. The news this week that a Department of Agriculture survey found that American honeybees had died in great numbers this winter can only add to such fears.

 

Honeybees are still dying

March 26, 2010
Energy Bulletin
Three years ago, honeybees started disappearing in the United States and other countries. Hives that had been thriving were suddenly found to be devoid of bees. The epidemic of catastrophic bee losses is called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). This last winter was the worst yet for beekeepers.

 

Event helps plant seeds for city pollination park

March 25, 2010
Guelph Tribune
Pollination Guelph is gearing up for its third annual Pollination Symposium on Saturday, an event that raises awareness about pollinators while raising funds for its first big project –the Eastview Pollination Park.

 

The 4-Year Hunt for the Honey Bee Killer

March 25, 2010
CBC News
Among beekeepers, the buzz this spring is about more colonies of honeybees dying. CBS News correspondent John Blackstone reports researcher Jerry Bromenshenk has been tracking the bee die-off for four years. This year ranks with the worst.

 

Pollinator Conservation: Organic Farms

March 25, 2010
Local Sustainability
Organic farming offers many benefits to pollinators but some common organic-approved pesticides and practices can be potentially just as harmful to bees and other pollinators as conventional farming systems.

 

Column: Buying into local food with honey shares

March 25, 2010
BC Local
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: One out of every three bites you take depends on bees. Recent reports say that 80 to 90 per cent of honeybees have died out on Vancouver Island. Three years ago there were 12,000 honeybee hives on Vancouver Island. This year: 2,000. And it’s not just happening on Vancouver Island; it’s happening around the world. Bees are in trouble; which means beekeepers are too. There are half as many beekeepers today as there were 20 years ago.

 

Bee Responsible

March 25, 2010
Slash Food
You've already heard about colony collapse disorder: Honeybees pollinate many of our crops; honeybees are in a state of precipitous decline; without honeybees, our food supply will decline, too. It's a frightening scenario, and if you happened to catch the latest news out of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, you were probably left with a sense of despair. "Bees in more trouble than ever," warned The New York Times yesterday. "A quick federal survey indicates a heavy bee die-off this winter." Yikes.

 

The buzz about bees

March 25, 2010
Vancouver Sun
was thrilled to see honeybees are part of Vancouver's effort to be the "greenest city in the world." One out of three bites we eat are thanks to bees. However, this article perpetuates misconceptions about pollination. The European honeybee is indeed the most common pollinator in Canada, but only because we introduced it to this continent for honey production and large-scale commercial crop pollination. Most Vancouverites don't have large commercial crop operations in their backyards.

 

Native Shrubs and the Carpenter Bee

March 25, 2010
Kim Smith Designs
While planting for design clients and organizing plant lists for the class I am teaching at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University I thought you would like to know about some of the great shrubs we have been working with. A well-sited flowering and fruiting shrub will often provide at least several, if not four, seasons of beauty; are long-lived (as compared to woody perennials); and provide sustenance and shelter for songbirds, butterflies, and bees. The following are several native favorites well worth considering when planting for people and for pollinators.

 

Too-Busy Bees

March 25, 2010
NY Times
In the past five years, as the phenomenon known as colony-collapse disorder has spread across the United States and Europe, causing the disappearance of whole colonies of domesticated honeybees, many people have come to fear that our food supply is in peril. The news on Wednesday that a Department of Agriculture survey found that American honeybees had died in great numbers this winter can only add to such fears.

 

These Gardens Are for the Birds . . . and for the Bees

March 24, 2010
at Guelph
Attract bugs, including stinging insects, to your garden? Karen McKeown knows many homeowners would rather bar bees and related creatures from their property. But, along with U of G colleagues, the city’s healthy-landscapes technician will help start two demonstration gardens this year to show more residents how and why to make their gardens pollinator-friendly.

 

Bees in More Trouble Than Ever After Bad Winter

March 24, 2010
NY Times
The mysterious 4-year-old crisis of disappearing honeybees is deepening. A quick federal survey indicates a heavy bee die-off this winter, while a new study shows honeybees' pollen and hives laden with pesticides.

 

Social Bees Have Bigger Brain Area for Learning, Memory

March 24, 2010
Science Daily
Who's in charge? Who's got food? The brain region responsible for learning and memory is bigger in social bee queens who may have to address these questions than in solitary queens, report scientists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute who study the tropical sweat bee species, Megalopta genalis in Panama.

 

The Pollinator Pathway project-getting ready for next phase

March 24, 2010
Central District News
The Pollinator Pathway is a plan to create a series of pollinator-friendly gardens along a mile-long stretch of Seattle's Columbia Street in Seattle. Standard twelve foot wide planting strips (typically a grass-covered area between the sidewalk and curb) will be transformed into gardens, offering viable food and habitat to pollinators.

 

Bring on the Bees

March 23, 2010
North Side
I cram as much as I can into my small urban holding, growing food, local native species and obscure succulent plants. I even run a small herd of cats and dogs. On warm evenings I duck as I pass under the temporary web of the resident golden orb spiders, and there are plenty of mozzies. But I want more! Working with nature Insect pollinators and natural pest predators contribute to a balanced and, therefore, low-fuss garden.

 

The lowly honeybee deserves a lot more attention

March 23, 2010
The Montreal Gazette
Five years after the mysterious mass deaths of honeybees began, bees keep dying, yet in many ways the mystery seems as deep as ever. Why can't we solve this, in a country with Canada's scientific resources? Bees are important to anyone who wants food on the table. It's easy to forget this. Once, wild bees pollinated flowers and fruit trees across the continent. But the Europeans brought honeybees, and these have taken over the job.

 

Africanized Honey Bee FAQ

March 23, 2010
The Spectrum
What kinds of honey bees do we have in Utah? There are many different kinds of wasps, hornets, biting flies, bumble bees, solitary bees and other insects which may be mistaken for honey bees. Honey bees are one of the 30,000-plus species of bees in the world. Utah has the gentle, managed European honey bee (EHB) which produces honey and pollinates billions of dollars worth of crops in Utah and the United States. Utah also has a growing population of the European honey bee's cousin, the invasive Africanized honey bee (AHB).

 

Scientists Blame Pesticides for Honeybee Decline

March 22, 2010
Rodale News
Bee fan or not, we all rely on the insects to pollinate the fruit, nut, and vegetable crops we enjoy every day. But in the last few years, the populations of our pollinators, particularly honeybees, have been plummeting.

 

Ag Options grant will help with Russian honeybee project

March 22, 2010
McDowell News
There's been a lot of buzz about the decline of honeybee population in the past few years. Bees face a lot of pressures in North America, including parasites, drought and invasions by Africanized honeybees.

 

The bees, the buds and the green grass of home

March 22, 2010
Guelph Mercury
I’m writing this on Friday, and if the weather prognosticators are right, we could be buried under snow by the time you read this Monday. But even that won’t bother me too much because sure as day follows night, spring follows winter and there’s no turning back time. Snowdrops are blooming, crocuses are starting to open and tulips and daffodils are beginning to poke through the ground. It’s only a matter of time before we can put away the snow shovels and haul out the spades and rakes instead; replace the snowblower with the wheelbarrow; put on gardening gloves instead of winter gloves.

 

Want a lawn with purpose? Grow an herb lawn

March 22, 2010
Wenachee World
After World War II, leisure time was spent at home, and the fashion became intensive lawn care. Huge amounts of petrochemicals that had been used in armaments now were converted to fertilizer, and fertilizer companies bought advertisements in national magazines to stimulate the fashion for large swaths of velvet grass lawns....Finally, grass is a monoculture — a single use of land. It is environmentally harmful for it provides no food or shelter for important pollinator insects.

 

Bees face 'unprecedented' pesticide exposures at home and afield

March 21, 2010
Science News
For years the news has been the same: Honey bees are being hammered by some mysterious environmental plague that has a name -- colony collapse disorder – but no established cause. A two-year study now provides evidence indicting one likely group of suspects: pesticides. It found “unprecedented levels” of mite-killing chemicals and crop pesticides in hives across the United States and parts of Canada.

 

There's a new buzz in gardening

March 21, 2010
Times Colonist
With honey bees in decline, stacking-tray 'condos' attract mason bees that will pollinate fruit trees. With the news last week that 90 per cent of Island honey bees have died, it's easy to worry about what will pollinate fruits and vegetables this year. Thankfully, there's the blue orchard mason bee, a little pollinator with a big impact.

 

Beekeepers extract hive, save colony

March 20, 2010
Frederick News Post
When one of Jody Rood's tenants on South Market Street contacted her late last summer about getting rid of a swarm of bees outside a second-story apartment window, she didn't want to rush to an exterminator. On Friday, as Rood tasted the honey and snapped photos of the bees and their hive, she seemed satisfied with her decision to contact local beekeepers to remove the insects instead.

 

High Levels of Miticides and Agrochemicals in North American Apiaries: Implications for Honey Bee Health

March 19, 2010
PLoS ONE
The 98 pesticides and metabolites detected in mixtures up to 214 ppm in bee pollen alone represents a remarkably high level for toxicants in the brood and adult food of this primary pollinator. This represents over half of the maximum individual pesticide incidences ever reported for apiaries. While exposure to many of these neurotoxicants elicits acute and sublethal reductions in honey bee fitness, the effects of these materials in combinations and their direct association with CCD or declining bee health remains to be determined.

 

Earlier Butterfly Emergence Linked to Climate Change

March 19. 2010
Science Daily
Butterflies are emerging in spring over 10 days earlier than they did 65 years ago, a shift that has been linked to regional human-induced climate change in a University of Melbourne- led study. The work reveals, for the first time, a causal link between increasing greenhouse gases, regional warming and the change in timing of a natural event.

 

Armchair Coventry beekeepers urged to adopt a hive

March 19, 2010
Coventry Telegraph
People who are concerned about the fate of the UK’s honeybees but do not want to keep bees themselves can now get involved with efforts to protect them under an “adoption” scheme launched today. The British Beekeepers’ Association’s (BBKA) new campaign sees the honeybee joining the likes of tigers and orang-utans as animals which can be “adopted” in a bid to help reverse declining numbers.

 

Researchers selected to probe bee problem

March 19, 2010
The Sacramento Bee
The San Francisco-based North American Pollinator Protection Campaign this week announced five grants totaling $30,000 for university- and government-based scientists to study causes of "colony collapse disorder" among honeybees.

 

Spring's Herald: Gardeners shouldn't overlook early-arriving crocus during their hectic prep work

March 19, 2010
Winston-Salem Journal
Gardeners have their own brand of March Madness. Maybe it's a little less frantic, but not much. We don't usually think of gardeners as frantic people, but bring on the pressure of a new growing season and it doesn't take long before we are dashing about -- cleaning up this and pruning that -- trying to make up for what seems like six months of lost time.

 

Females Shut Down Male-Male Sperm Competition in Leafcutter Ants

March 18, 2010
Science Daily
Leafcutter ant queens can live for twenty years, fertilizing millions of eggs with sperm stored after a single day of sexual activity. ... Similar sperm competition systems appear to have evolved independently in ants and in bees.

 

Sperm war - the sperm of ants and bees do battle inside the queens

March 18, 2010
Science Blogs - Not Exactly Rocket Science
One night of passion and you're filled with a lifetime full of sperm with no need to ever mate again. As sex lives go, it doesn't sound very appealing, but it's what many ants, bees, wasps and termites experience. The queens of these social insects mate in a single "nuptial flight" that lasts for a few hours or days. They store the sperm from their suitors and use it to slowly fertilise their eggs over the rest of their lives. Males have this one and only shot at joining the Mile High Club and they compete fiercely for their chance to inseminate the queen. But even for the victors, the war isn't over. Inside the queen's body, their sperm continue the battle.

 

Dutchman's pipe draws pollinators into a velvet trap

March 18, 2010
Oregon Live
I don't have Dutchman's pipe growing in my garden. I don't even think I've ever seen the plant, or I should say plants since there are hundreds in the genus Aristolochia. Even so, I found out something very cool about them. Cool enough that I am now dying to see one in real life. Not smell it, though. I understand it smells reeaalllly bad. The process of evolution fascinates me. Relationships can be so monogamous -- like butterflies that lay their eggs on only one plant. Or a bit less discriminating -- like honeybees that seem to make choices more like they're at a bar on a Saturday night. Not that I'm making a judgment or anything.

 

Bees See Super Color at Super Speed

March 17, 2010
Science Daily
Bees see the world almost five times faster than humans, according to new research from scientists at Queen Mary, University of London. This gives bumblebees the fastest colour vision of all animals, allowing them to easily navigate shady bushes to find food, write Dr Peter Skorupski and Prof Lars Chittka in the Journal of Neuroscience.

 

Flowering Plants May Be Considerably Older Than Previously Thought

March 17, 2010
Science Daily
Flowering plants may be considerably older than previously thought, says a new analysis of the plant family tree. Previous studies suggest that flowering plants, or angiosperms, first arose 140 to 190 million years ago. Now, a paper to be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences pushes back the age of angiosperms to 215 million years ago, some 25 to 75 million years earlier than either the fossil record or previous molecular studies suggest.

 

Biological Sciences and Botanic Garden reap fruits of collaboration

March 17, 2010
Bristol University
Professor Jane Memmott from the School of Biological Sciences has received a public engagement award worth £4,389 from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council ( BBSRC ) for a project that celebrates bees and pollination. This is the third consecutive public engagement grant in two years to have been awarded to academics from the School of Biological Sciences for projects carried out in collaboration with Botanic Garden staff.

 

Learn About When Flowers Smell Like Wine at Missouri Botanical Garden

March 17, 2010
Zoo and Aquarium Visitor
Floral fragrances have been appreciated for millennia for the emotional responses that they evoke in humans; however, their biological functions remain obscure. Join Dr. Robert Raguso, associate professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University for “When Flowers Smell Like Wine: Interpreting the Biological Significance of Floral Scents,” the 2010 John Dwyer Lecture in Biology. The free lecture will be held on Friday, Apr. 23 at 4 p.m. in the Shoenberg Theater at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

 

Honeybee Associative Learning Performance and Metabolic Stress Resilience Are Positively Associated

March 17, 2010
PLoS ONE
Similarities in the performances of different animals need not reflect common functional principles. A correlation of honeybee Pavlovian learning and metabolic stress resilience, thereby, is not evidence of a shared biology that will give insight about systems integrity in people. Yet, the means to resolve difficult research questions often come from findings in distant areas of science while the model systems that turn out to be valuable are sometimes the least predictable. Our results add to recent findings indicating that honeybees can become instrumental to understanding how metabolic biology influences life outcomes.

 

Sweet News: New York City Dumps Beekeeping Ban

March 16, 2010
On Earth
New York City's underground beekeepers can come out of hiding. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene voted unanimously today to lift a decade-old ban on raising honeybees within the city limits. The decision means that beekeepers no longer face thousands of dollars in fines if their hives are discovered. It also means that aspiring beekeepers can look forward to starting their own rooftop and backyard hives -- legally -- for the spring growing season.

 

Busy bees, but hives are besieged, diseased

March 15, 2010
MSNBC News - Washington Post
In normal times, David Hackenberg would begin trucking his 20 million honeybees from the almond orchards of California to the orange groves of Florida this week. Instead, after a month working the almond blossoms on the West Coast, his exhausted pollinators will get some rest and relaxation in the Georgia woods before the East Coast apple blossoms summon them to work once more next month.

 

Probe on massacre of ‘Sigiriya Warriors’

March 14, 2010
Times Online - Sri Lanka
A top-level probe got underway as allegations spread that the famous ‘Sigiriya Warriors’ or Giant Honeybees nesting on the rock had been destroyed by officials of the Central Cultural Fund. There has been no order to destroy the Giant Honeybees and in fact strict instructions have been given that no harm should be done to them because they are part of the unique “mixed heritage” of Sigiriya, said a perturbed Central Cultural Fund Director-General Sudarshan Seneviratne, who himself rushed to the site to hold the inquiry on Friday.

 

Why Female Moths Are Big and Beautiful

March 12, 2010
Science Daily
In most animal species, males and females show obvious differences in body size. But how can this be, given that both sexes share the same genes governing their growth? University of Arizona entomologists studied this conundrum in moths and found clues that had been overlooked by previous efforts to explain this mystery of nature.

 

Breezy Love, or the Sacking of the Bees

March 9, 2010
NY Times Blog - Opinionator - Olivia Judson
Birds do it. Bees do it. Beetles, bats and light summer breezes do it. I refer, of course, to that raunchiest of sex acts: the pollination of flowers. When it comes to sex, plants have more headaches than the rest of us. One problem is that they can’t travel about to find a mate — they are, after all, rooted to the spot — so they have to depend on intermediaries to bring egg and sperm cells together.

 

Our Precious Pollinators: The Pollinator Display Gardens at UC Davis Arboretum & Nursery

March 6, 2010
A News Cafe
Did you have to read William Butler Yeats when you were in school? I can’t recall too many things I had to read in school and can still remember, but this poem continues to be one of my favorites: (Photo: A happy black bee on a salvia) The Lake Isle of Innisfree ... If you are a gardener, you have no doubt had the formative experience of a “quiet” moment working in the garden - trimming, weeding, harvesting - your head lost in the shrubbery, your hands in the dirt, your labor accompanied by the happy hum of bees at work on a nearby plant in bloom.

 

Winter Active Bumblebees (Bombus terrestris) Achieve High Foraging Rates in Urban Britain

March 5, 2010
PLoS ONE
B. terrestris in the UK are now able to utilise a rich winter foraging resource in urban parks and gardens that might at present still be under-exploited, opening up the possibility of further changes in pollinator phenology.

 

Manchester scheme boosts urban beekeeping

March 1, 2010
BBC News
Urban beekeeping could be vital in helping reverse a decline in honeybees, the Co-operative Group has claimed. The company, which has 600 hives on land around the UK, is rolling out a scheme to encourage more people to keep hives in towns and cities.

 

Exotic butterflies land in the Fort Worth Botanic Garden

March 1, 2010
Fort Worth Business Press
A female Scarlet Mormon, her lacy wings gently wavering, floated onto a palm frond. Dale Clark gingerly plucked the butterfly from her perch for presentation. “And here is the star of our show today,” he said. Clark, aka “The Butterfly Guy,” is a lepidopterist and one of the coordinators of “Butterflies in the Garden,” the largest exhibit of live, exotic butterflies in North Texas currently showing in the conservatory of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.

 

Plan to boost city hives is the ultimate in free-bees

March 1, 2010
Scotsman.com News
URBAN beekeeping could be a "vital tool" in reversing declines in honeybee populations, the Co-operative claimed as it rolled out a scheme to encourage more people to keep hives in towns and cities. Last year the Co-operative, which has 600 hives on its farmland around the country, piloted a scheme to train would-be beekeepers on allotments in Manchester.

 

Love affair: Almond blossoms & bees

March 1, 2010
The Menteca Bulletin
I was trying to focus intently on a bee hovering over a cluster of snow-white almond blossoms. All around me, scores of bees were buzzing. The weather was perfect for pollination - the sun was shining, the skies were clear and blue, and there was no breeze to stir the petals of the flowers that would make focusing somewhat of a challenge. And it was neither too hot nor too cold outside.

 

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