Monarch butterflies' spectacular migration is at risk – an ambitious new plan aims to help save it

Can a plan that brings together government and private landowners create enough habitat for monarch butterflies?

D. André Green II, Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan • conversation
Sept. 18, 2020 ~9 min

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Honey bees can't practice social distancing, so they stay healthy in close quarters by working together

Life in a honey bee hive is all about cooperating for the collective good.

Phil Starks, Associate Professor of Biology, Tufts University • conversation
Aug. 14, 2020 ~9 min

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Air pollution could be making honey bees sick – new study

Honey bees in the most polluted parts of an Indian city were more likely to die sooner and showed clear signs of poor health.

Mark Brown, Professor of Evolutionary Ecology & Conservation, Royal Holloway • conversation
Aug. 10, 2020 ~7 min

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Loss of bees threatens US crop yields

Declines in populations of bees and other pollinators threatens crop yields of apples, cherries, and blueberries in the US, researchers say.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
July 29, 2020 ~4 min

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Why allotments offer urban oases for bees and butterflies

Urban green spaces can be a rich habitat for diverse pollinators, if they're managed properly.

Matthew Pound, Senior lecturer in Physical Geography, Northumbria University, Newcastle • conversation
July 15, 2020 ~7 min

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Blowing bubbles: Soapy spheres pop pollen on fruit trees

Japanese researchers succeed in fertilising pears using pollen carried on a soap bubble.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
June 17, 2020 ~4 min

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Spiny pollen evolved to ‘velcro’ onto bumble bees

A wild dandelion's spiny pollen has evolved to attach to traveling bumblebees, report researchers.

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
May 20, 2020 ~4 min

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Moths do the pollinator night shift – and they work harder than daytime insects

New research sheds light on the unsung heroes of pollination.

Richard Elton Walton, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Biology, Newcastle University • conversation
May 19, 2020 ~6 min

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Flowering strips for bumble bees offer perks and risks

Although there are pros and cons to flowering strips for bumble bees, they're a good way to offset pollinator declines, say researchers.

Mick Kulikowski-NC State • futurity
May 13, 2020 ~6 min

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Good news for pollinators: People love bees

Buzz about "murder hornets" and "killer bees" aside, people love bees. And that's a positive sign for the conservation of our pollinators, researchers say.

Austin Fitzgerald-Missouri • futurity
May 11, 2020 ~6 min

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