Monday, July 5, 2010

Bee Briefs #2: Bumblebees In The News


Traveling bumblebees bring trouble (parasites) home; Yellow-banded Bumblebee recovering in Vermont http://bit.ly/aptqr0

Commercially reared bumblebees being used increasingly to pollinate field crops like watermelons & sweet peppers http://bit.ly/cN3aiZ

Arctic Bumblebees Still Need Beauty Sleep; retain circadian foraging rhythms even in 24-hour daylight http://bit.ly/b9z3SK

New congressional Pollinator Protection Caucus to champion the cause of bees in Washington & promote research http://bit.ly/afYBNZ

Xerces Society Seeks To Add Franklin's Bumblebee To Endangered Species List; only one seen since 2006 http://bit.ly/caPDUN

Report on conservation genetics, foraging distance & nest density of the scarce Great Yellow Bumblebee in UK http://j.mp/ajqRsq

12 Nectar Caf├ęs for bees planted and maintained by local school children, part of Pride in Londonderry initiative http://bit.ly/aem7Ak

International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health and Policy, July 24 – 28, Penn State University http://bit.ly/bI7jjn

Increasingly common badgers said to threaten bumblebee populations in UK; they dig up nests and eat the brood http://bit.ly/diox2f

Two cuckoo bumblebees: specialist Bombus vestalis & generalist B. bohemicus use different odor cues to find their host B. terrestris http://j.mp/as693P

Bumblebee mimic http://bit.ly/bEvX5u - inquline larvae feed on debris in bumblebee nests - like having a live-in house cleaner!

UK gardeners asked to help in citizen survey of the range of the Tree Bumblebee; part of insect & wildlife week http://bit.ly/bJvjHo

[Photo by D. Barr]Link

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