A world without bees is unimaginable! Nearly one-third of U.S. crops – including many vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds – depend on bees for pollination. But despite the vital role that bees play, the Environmental Protection Agency continues to approve pesticides that are linked to a bee die-off of historic proportions. This last year, one-third of our honeybee colonies died or disappeared. This massive die-off of these vital pollinators threatens to unravel agricultural production across the country. Yet the Environmental Protection Agency sided with Dow AgroSciences to approve a new pesticide, called sulfoxaflor, that is highly toxic to bees. And now the EPA is considering expanding the number of crops this pesticide can be sprayed on to include corn, alfalfa, oats, and several other significant and widely grown crops.
Petals produce a 'blue halo' that helps bees find flowers
New study finds “messy” microscopic structures on petals of some flowers manipulate light to produce a blue colour effect that is easily seen by bee pollinators. Researchers say these petal grooves evolved independently multiple times across flowering plants, but produce the same result: a floral ha...
BeeSpotter shared Webster University's video.6 months ago Webster University
What's all the buzz about? Over the weekend, more than 60 members of the public came out to Forest Park to help with a photographic survey of bees. The event was the first STL BeeBlitz, and was organized by Biology Professor Nicole Miller-Struttmann, with help from the St. Louis Zoo, Forest Park Forever, Saint Louis University, Academy of Science – St. Louis, BeeSpotter and the STL Bee Brigade. #PollinatorWeek http://bit.ly/2sSzPC5
Kevin Hard shared a link to the group: Bee the Change.7 months ago How to build a bee box
A backyard bee box can provide a great home for solitary bees to lay their eggs. Solitary bees – also referred to as “native bees” – differ from honey bees in that every female is fertile, and typically inhabits a nest she constructs herself. Mason orchard bees, the most common solitary bee, use ex...
Kevin Hard shared a link to the group: Bee the Change.7 months ago Make your own little Bee Houses
So I stopped by my local Ace Hardware on my way home to look at some parts for another project, and as I was leaving, I noticed these little bee home ...