Pollinators in the Press

May 2010 Articles                    (Back to Article Archives ⇒)

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Stephen Humphrey: Toronto Writer Suits Up as Apiarist U of G’s pollination research group invites a poet into their hive, At Guelph, May 2010 issue

Laurence Packer: The unbearable plight of beeness When a bug we rely on for so much is in trouble, so are we, Montreal Gazette, May 15, 2010 - a review of his new book "Keeping the Bees: Why all Bees are at Risk and What we can do to Save Them"

Ernesto Guzman: News @ Noon, discussing the issue of honeybee colony collapse disorder (link)

Ernesto Guzman: Discovery Channel's Daily Planet (video link)



Pollinators in the News
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From Butterflies' Wings to Bank Notes: How Nature's Colors Could Cut Bank Fraud

May 31, 2010
Science Daily
Scientists have discovered a way of mimicking the stunningly bright and beautiful colours found on the wings of tropical butterflies. The findings could have important applications in the security printing industry, helping to make bank notes and credit cards harder to forge.


Bee aware

May 30, 2010
The Free Press
East Kootenay beekeepers are celebrating this week, as the British Columbia government has declared May 29 the official Day of the Honeybee. While the debate surrounding backyard beekeeping continues, apiarists everywhere have won a small victory in recognition. By this proclamation, they are stating their case that not just the Honey bee, but also all bees, are an important and continuing part of the British Columbia landscape.


How Do Bumblebees Get Predators to Buzz Off?

May 29, 2010
Science Daily
Bumblebees' distinctive black and yellow "warning" colours may not be what protects them from flying predators researchers have found.


Paramount seeks alternative to honeybee

May 28, 2010
When biologist Gordon Wardell talks about bees, he sounds like an evangelist. He can gush for hours about everything from the bee's role in nature to its power as an economic development strategy.


Soule Garden: The sensible evolution of night blooms

May 26, 2010
Explorer News
Sunset in the summer is a lovely time of day. The blazing sun finally sinks below the horizon and the air begins to cool down. Humans think about sitting out on the patio in the refreshing evening air, and many other desert animals come out for the serious business of trying to eat without being eaten. Most plants do not welcome the dark. Dark means no sun to drive the photosynthetic pathways that create the sugars they use as building blocks of life. As the sun sinks slowly in the west, most plants shut down systems for the night ahead, often folding flower petals shut.


Swarm of interest keeps bees in business

May 26, 2010
North Forty News
It isn't easy being a bee in northern Colorado. Winter can last from October to May, the growing season is fleeting and flowering things are scarce. And then there is the increasing barrage of pesticides, infestations, predators, diseases and mysterious afflictions like colony collapse disorder decimating bee colonies everywhere.


Back from the edge: Checkerspot butterflies thrive in new prairie home

May 25, 2010
The News Tribune
Monday was a reluctant moving day for a batch of brightly colored Taylor's checkerspot butterflies that began life at the Oregon Zoo in Portland and will end it soon on a South Sound prairie preserve near Littlerock. The release of 60 adult butterflies was the latest chapter in a five-year project to bring the black, reddish-orange and cream-colored insect back from the verge of extinction.


Protecting pollinators helps the plant — and the planet

May 24, 2010
Chicago Tribune
Ninety percent of the world's crops are pollinated by insects. We tend to think of honeybees doing all the work, but there are a plethora of other pollinating insects. Colony collapse disorder — the name given to the strange affliction suffered by European honeybees — is one aspect of a general problem. In recent years, pollinators have been harmed by a reduction in habitat, new pests and overuse of pesticides.


UK honeybee numbers suffer further decline after harsh winter

May 24, 2010
The Guardian UK
Honeybee numbers in the UK dropped again over the winter, though the rate of decline appears to have slowed slightly despite the harsh weather. In an encouraging note, the number of hives has doubled in three years to an estimated 80,000, according to the British Beekeepers Association, which released the survey of winter honeybee losses.


Artificial Butterfly in Flight and Filmed

May 20, 2010
Science Daily
A group of Japanese researchers, who are publishing their findings IOP Publishing's Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, have succeeded n building a fully functional replica model -- an ornithopter -- of a swallowtail butterfly, and they have filmed their model butterfly flying.


How to 'Bee' Good to Honey Bees

May 19, 2010
The dwindling honeybee population has the world abuzz, and from the White House garden to Great Britain and beyond, the fight is on to save agriculture's busiest workers. Here's what you can do to help. Environmentalists and bee keepers have long advocated the planting of wildlife gardens to provide nectar for foraging honey bees. But with bee colonies dwindling dramatically in recent years, ravaged by disease as well as loss of habitat, beekeepers and the agriculture industry that relies on their hives, are facing an uncertain future.


Pittsburgh beekeepers create nation's first community apiary in Homewood

May 19, 2010
Pop City Media
Pittsburgh is now home to the U.S.'s first community apiary -- a community garden of sorts, but instead of herbs and veggies being grown, it's bees being kept.


Gardeners Corner - Pollinators decline due to pesticides, disease and parasites

May 19, 2010
The Innisfils Scope
Pollination of flowers on trees, shrubs and within a garden is a necessary process to sets fruit and seeds for reproduction. This occurs when pollen is transferred from the anther to the stigma; self pollination takes place within a flower, while cross pollination is when the pollen moves between two different plants.


Catalog Details 1.25 Million Species of Organisms Across the World

May 18, 2010
Science Daily
The world's most valuable asset, on which we all depend, is silently slipping through our fingers -- it is the world's astounding biodiversity, in some cases lost before it is even discovered.


New Species of Bee-like Bat

May 17, 2010
National Geographic News
Like most of the Lost World's mammals, this new species of blossom bat is nocturnal. Unlike most other New Guinean bats of the supersize flying fox family, the new bat is only about as big as an average North American bat. (See a picture of a "nonexistent," recently discovered flying fox species.)


Lost World on the Wing

May 17, 2010
National Geographic News
Indonesian entomologist Hari Sutrisno attracts droves of moths with low tech and little effort at 5,577-foot-high (1,700-meter-high) Bog Camp. More than two dozen different moths and butterflies collected on the expedition may prove to be new species.


Hedgerows generating buzz

May 16, 2010
The Record - Stockton, CA
The honeybees and bumblebees sweeping up pollen and slurping nectar from yellow lupine and lacy phacelia from a field south of the Mokelumne River may just be doing what comes naturally. But for researchers and officials of the U.S. Natural Resource Conservation Service, they're also an early sign of success in an effort to bolster natural populations of flower-feeding insects.


Hampshire's Bee Part of It beehive at Mottisfont Abbey

May 16, 2010
BBC News
The National Trust's property at Mottisfont Abbey near Romsey has taken delivery of the BBC Radio Solent beehive - part of the BBC's Bee Part of It campaign. With the bees scheduled to be delivered at the end of May, local bee-keeper Andrew Cutler-Davies has had a chance to position and assemble the red cedar wood hive in the estate grounds.


"Nicotine Bees" Population Restored With Neonicotinoids Ban

May 15, 2010
Tree Hugger
Following France and Germany, last year the Italian Agriculture Ministry suspended the use of a class of pesticides, nicotine-based neonicotinoids, as a "precautionary measure." The compelling results - restored bee populations - prompted the government to uphold the ban. Yesterday, copies of the film 'Nicotine Bees' were delivered to the US Congress explaining the pesticide's connection to Colony Collapse Disorder. Despite the evidence, why does CCD remain a 'mystery' in the US?


Wings at work: Butterflies pollinate plants, but in ways different from all others

May 13, 2010
Naples News
While bees are the better know pollinators, butterflies do their fair share. Bees, being connected to the commercial growing of fruits and vegetables, are considered the most important. They pollinate in smaller areas and are very good at what they do.


Honeybee population is declining; Humans, mites, weather, disease among threats to insect that plays important role in pollination

May 13, 2010
Kansas City Star
Dan Kaminski is a gatekeeper to the not-so-secret life of bees. Kaminski, a Brimfield Township, Ohio, beekeeper, doesn't bother to don a veil or protective clothing when he opens a hive to inspect the goings-on. He wears his regular work clothes, figuring stings just come with the job.


Isle of Man bees posted to UK to help save ailing hives

May 13, 2010
BBC News
Queen bees are to be posted to the UK by the Manx Government's bee inspector to try to bolster the mainland's ailing hive populations. A dozen healthy Manx queens will be mailed in ventilated envelopes in a pilot project to discover if they can take over and cure diseased hives.


As Monarch Butterflies Journey North, Gardeners Can Help Protect Species, Researcher Says

May 11, 2010
Science Daily
It has been a hard winter for Monarch butterflies, according to Chip Taylor, director of Monarch Watch at the University of Kansas. Taylor said that low temperatures, storms and habitat destruction have all threatened the butterflies' overwintering population in Mexico.


Preserving Hawaii's rare native plants

May 9, 2010
San Francisco Chronicle
Limahuli Valley on Kauai's North Shore, with its green-mantled spires of volcanic rock, starred as Bali Hai in the movie "South Pacific." The Limahuli Garden, one of five units of the National Tropical Botanical Garden, occupies 17 acres of this improbably gorgeous place; an additional 985 acres preserve remnant upland forest.


Paper Wasps and Honey Bees Share a Genetic Toolkit

May 8, 2010
Science Daily
They are both nest-building social insects, but paper wasps and honey bees organize their colonies in very different ways. In a new study, researchers report that despite their differences, these insects rely on the same network of genes to guide their social behavior.


Hives fall victim to plagues that could sting us all

May 8, 2010
NZ Herald
Bees face a widening range of threats to their existence - a prospect with profound implications for global food security, reports Catherine Masters. Mark Goodwin plucks yet another yellow German wasp out of the syrupy container put out to attract golden honeybees and squashes the intruder against the wooden table.


Dandelions important for the garden ecosystem

May 8, 2010
Bangor Daily News
The dandelions are blooming throughout Marjorie’s garden this week. On warm sunny mornings each of the dozens of flower heads lining the path from porch step to vegetable garden has one native bee, fat bumblebee or slender solitary bee, crawling slowly across a plane of bright yellow flowers, foraging for nectar and pollen. Later, in June and July, some of these same bees may be pollinating our tomatoes and cucumbers.


Wanted: Bumblebee wranglers

May 7, 2010
On May 15th, from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., park biologists and educators will be collecting scientific data on bumblebees in the national park. Volunteers will learn to monitor bumblebees, safely collect and release the insects, and identify different bumblebee species.


California is New Haven for Hedgerows: in Full Bloom Now

May 7, 2010
Red Orbit
If USDA and the Xerces Society have their way, long rows of native wildflowers, clovers and blooming shrubs could border agricultural fields all across California. Currently the concept is in full bloom at USDA's Plant Materials Center (PMC) near Lockeford, Calif., where the partners hope to demonstrate to farmers and the public both the beauty and the practical benefits of planting forbs such as California poppies, lupines, baby blue eyes, clovers and other flowering plants on the edges of fields, orchards or vineyards.


Organic Farming Shows Limited Benefit to Wildlife, Researchers in UK Find

May 6, 2010
Science Daily
Organic farms may be seen as wildlife friendly, but the benefits to birds, bees and butterflies don't compensate for the lower yields produced, according to new research from the University of Leeds.


Creating Space To Pollinate

May 6, 2010
Milwaukee Public Radio - News
As spring continues to unfold, we enjoy the tulips and daffodils and curse the weeds. While WUWM Environmental Reporter was peddling to work today, she happened upon a Milwaukee County Park team tending a patch of Juneau Park in downtown Milwaukee.


Bees That Nest in Petals: Scientists Describe the Nest of an Uncommon Solitary Bee

May 4, 2010
Science Daily
In a rare coincidence, researchers working in both Turkey and Iran discovered on the same day how a rare species of bee builds its underground nests. The females from the solitary species Osima (Ozbekosima) avoseta line the nest's brood chambers with petals of pink, yellow, blue, and purple flowers. The chambers provide nutrients for the larvae to grow and mature and protect the next generation as they wait out the winter.


'Different Forms of Flowers' Continues to Fascinate: Darwin's Influential Study Inspires Research on Breeding System Called Heterostyly

May 4, 2010
Science Daily
Although Charles Darwin is most well-known both for his book "On the Origin of Species" and his theories on natural selection, he once stated, "I do not think anything in my scientific life has given me so much satisfaction as making out the meaning of the structure of these plants." What could be more satisfying than unraveling the mysteries of evolution?


Survey Reports Latest Honey Bee Losses

May 3, 2010
Science Daily
Losses of managed honey bee colonies nationwide totaled 33.8 percent from all causes from October 2009 to April 2010, according to a survey conducted by the Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA) and the Agricultural Research Service (ARS). Beekeepers identified starvation, poor weather, and weak colonies going into winter as the top reasons for mortality in their operations.


Atlantic cod now among endangered wildlife National Committee report; Predicted to be potentially gone in 40 years - even if fishing stops

May 3, 2010
Montreal Gazette
Atlantic cod, an Ontario bumblebee and a western pine tree should be added to Canada's grim list of endangered species, says a national committee that tracks more than 600 wildlife species at risk across the country.


Portland's Sabin schoolyard abuzz with 'tickle' bees

May 3, 2010
Oregon Environmental News
Mace Vaughan is a bee guy. So how perfect is it that a year ago he moved into a Northeast Portland home across from a schoolyard field abuzz an estimated 20,000 native bees, known to the kids as "tickle bees" for the way they feel when they land on your skin? "On a hot day in the spring you're just knocking into them all the time and you don't get stung," says Vaughan, pollinator program director for the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


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