Urban Greening for Bees: Bloom or Bust

As part of a three-part series on Urban Greening, The National Wildlife Magazine has published an article on gardening for bees in urban areas. In it, Laura Tangley describes the research behind gardening for urban bees, the status of pollinators, and what gardeners can do to help bees. She even gives our five-year research project [...]

World’s Largest Bee Is Not Extinct

Excerpt "The world’s largest bee may also be the planet’s most elusive. First discovered in 1859 by the prominent scientist Alfred Russel Wallace, nobody could locate it again, and it was presumed extinct. The female Megachile pluto, shown here in this drawing by Dr H Friese (1911), is covered with velvety black fur but she [...]

Woody Plants for Urban Bee Conservation

Authors Bernadette Mach Department of Entomology, The University of Kentucky Daniel Potter Department of Entomology, The University of Kentucky Overview Various groups have published bee-friendly plant lists, but these lists often lack experimental data and rarely emphasize woody plants (flowering trees and shrubs)—a major component of urban landscapes. Dr. Mach and Dr. Potter set out [...]

Economics: Surveying Growers on the Impact of Banning Neonicotinoids

Concerns over the effects of neonicotinoids on pollinators have prompted suggestions that growers use alternative pest control products. For growers, neonicotinoids are considered very effective in controlling pest and are safe for humans. As a result, neonicotinoids are widely used across the environmental horticulture industry.  It is unclear whether growers think switching to alternative pest [...]

Residue Work Continues, but Takes Time

The residue work continues, as our teams are in midst of collecting pollen and/or nectar from snapdragons and rhododendrons. Research teams in California, Connecticut, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, and South Carolina are participating in this residue work, and our analytical lab has been busy processing the pollen and nectar samples for residue levels. Salvia splendens [...]

Tracking pesticide residues to a plant genus from pollen trapped from honey bees at ornamental plant nurseries

Authors Kimberly A. Stoner The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station Richard S. Cowles Valley Laboratory, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station Andrea Nurse Climate Change Institute, University of Maine Brain D. Eitzer The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station Abstract Worldwide studies have used the technique of pollen trapping, collecting pollen loads from returning honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) [...]

*Research Published*: Results from Pollen Analysis

Pollen pellets, sorted by color for pesticide residue testing. Dr. Kim Stoner and her team have published pesticide residue results from their pollen analysis work. To understand which ornamental horticulture plants bees were visiting, the team had set out honey bee hives in the middle of environmental horticulture plant nurseries. The honey bees would leave [...]

Weather, Natural Disasters, and Wildlife: Impacts on our Field Work

Field work is a wonderful chance to get outside and collect data. When researchers want to study the bees that visit plants, field work usually means being outside on a warm day, looking at flowers and counting bees. Could it be any easier? It turns out that many things can get in the way of [...]