An Alfalfa Leafcutting Bee’s First Meal is a Big Deal

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By Meredith Swett Walker Parents often worry about what they feed their kids and how it might affect their future. But, barring genuine malnutrition, no diet or food is likely to radically change your kid’s life—unless you are an alfalfa leafcutting bee. For such bees, diet early in life can be truly life-altering. Alfalfa leafcutting […]

Competition among Fungi and Bacteria in the Guts of Bees

A clearer picture is emerging of microorganisms that colonize the guts of some bee species, thanks to studies by a team of scientists with the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the University of Texas-Austin (UTA). The effort, which examined competition among fungi and bacteria, could shed new light on how the microbes affect bee […]