As invasive species transform the world, frontline agencies take solace that species needing unique partners can’t invade alone. A new study on figs shows they may find new partners to invade anyway.
yesterday • ~9 min
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In the Amazon, beetles and flowering trees have developed a tight bond. Hundreds of beetle species thrive off of and pollinate blossoms, helping to maintain some of the highest biodiversity on Earth.
Dec. 3, 2020 • ~6 min
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Can a plan that brings together government and private landowners create enough habitat for monarch butterflies?
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.
Aug. 14, 2020 • ~9 min
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Honey bees in the most polluted parts of an Indian city were more likely to die sooner and showed clear signs of poor health.
Aug. 10, 2020 • ~7 min
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New research sheds light on the unsung heroes of pollination.
May 19, 2020 • ~6 min
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Are 'murder hornets' from Asia invading North America? A Japanese entomologist who's been stung by one and lived to tell the tale explains what's true about these predatory insects.
May 11, 2020 • ~9 min
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The value that bats provide to humans by pollinating crops and eating insects is far greater than harm from virus transmission – which is mainly caused by human actions.
March 24, 2020 • ~8 min
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Climate change has advanced the arrival of spring by as much as several weeks in some parts of the US. This can mean major crop losses and disconnects between species that need each other to thrive.
March 4, 2020 • ~7 min
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'Bee-washing,' marketing claims that purport to help bees, can diminish the important distinction between a honey bee and native bee.
Feb. 19, 2020 • ~7 min
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