Droughts Bring Fewer Flowers for Bees

Bees could be at risk from climate change because more frequent droughts could cause plants to produce fewer flowers, new research shows. Droughts are expected to become more common and more intense in many parts of the world, and researchers studied the impact on flowering plants using a field experiment. They found that drought roughly halved the overall number of flowers. …

Don’t Miss out on the HEARTLAND APICULTURE SOCIETY’S 2018 CONFERENCE

ST. LOUIS – Wednesday, June 20, 2018 is the deadline to register for Heartland Apicultural Society’s (HAS) annual conference this summer July 11-13, 2018 at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Register online at www.heartlandbees.org. Established in 2001 by several professional entomologists, the conference rotates through the Midwest, offering beekeeping classes. This rotation in location makes it easier for local beekeepers …

When Enemies Come to Help

The March 2018 cover of the American Bee Journal (ABJ) featured a crab spider that had caught a honey bee. Crab spiders have an amazing ability to blend into a flower and catch pollinators. This could harm plants in need of pollination, but new research shows the spiders also protect the plant. Interactions between organisms such as plants and animals can …

The Corn Earworm Hybridized into a Resistant Mega-Pest

New crop pests often leaves farmers scrambling for new control methods. When pests hybridize and become resistant to pesticides, farmers often need to apply more insecticides to help rein in the damage. In South America, two megapests have hybridized and if they make their way north, it could mean trouble for America’s farmers. Australian scientists have confirmed the hybridization of two …

Sowing Strips of Flowering Plants Has
Limited Effect on Pollination

Strips of wildflowers dotting fields is visually attractive and provides much needed forage to bees. But does it actually increase pollination of nearby agricultural crops? Turns out that it depends on the scale and diversity of the farm. Researchers at the Centre for Environmental and Climate Research at Lund University have studied how pollination varies in different agricultural landscapes, by …

New Pesticide as Alternative to Neonicotinoids

In February 2018, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) confirmed that the pesticide group of neonicotinoids is harmful to bees. A novel pesticide manufactured by Bayer AG is therefore being discussed as an alternative; it contains flupyradifurone from the class of butenolides. The product goes by the brand name of Sivanto. Sivanto is assumed to be effective against various sucking insects …

Lizards, Mice, Bats and Other Vertebrates
are Important Pollinators Too

Study reviews the global importance of vertebrate pollinators for plant reproduction Bees are not the only animals that carry pollen from flower to flower. Species with backbones, among them bats, birds, mice, and even lizards, also serve as pollinators. Although less familiar as flower visitors than insect pollinators, vertebrate pollinators are more likely to have co-evolved tight relationships of high value …

Declining Bee Population to Get Helping
Hand with National Project

Grant allows researchers to develop app and Amazon-like seed distribution Funded by the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, Barbara Sharanowski will coordinate a nationwide team of citizen scientists who will convert lawns into native wildflower havens especially designed to attract native bees and other insects that pollinate plants. Bees and other pollinators are essential to food production. Some scientists estimate that …