Walking Among Giants in Northwest Thailand

This post is the first in the “Travel Bug” series by Laura Kraft, a recent graduate from the University of Georgia, who will be chronicling her travels in Asia from an entomological perspective. “This is my office,” Dr. Robinson says jokingly, slinging his backpack onto his back and mounting his bike with a gesture of […]

New Bee Species Bores into Sandstone

When Michael Orr, a graduate student at Utah State University, observed what appeared to be bee nests in sandstone at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Park in Utah, he decided to investigate by examining bee specimens at the USDA’s National Pollinating Insects Collection. Rummaging through drawer after drawer, he finally found what he’d been seeking: specimens […]

Study Shows Leaf Fertilizers to Be Toxic to Stingless Bees

By Andrew Porterfield There’s been a lot of focus and scientific study on the population reductions of honey bees and other pollinators. Some possible causes that have been cited are: – Solar storms – Viruses – Diesel Fumes – Bacterial pathogens – Selenium – A fungus – Fungicides – Insecticides, especially those in the class […]

Radio Tagging Bumble Bees to Figure Out What the Buzz Is All About

By Jeremy Hemberger Bees are on a lot of folk’s minds these days, and for good reason. They provide pollination services to over 70% of the crops worldwide, helping to get us the delicious and nutritious foods that we love, like apples, cucumbers, cherries, berries, and more. Despite their importance across the planet, they’ve taken […]

An Opportunity to Study Bees and Pollination in Costa Rica

By Gerrit van de Klashorst The importance of bees and other pollinators for natural and agricultural ecosystems has been well documented. But during the past decades, pollinators have been in decline in North America and Europe. This decline is attributed to a number of factors, including pesticides, habitat loss caused by changing land use, and […]