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UK Team Uses Echolocation To Produce Highly Detailed Bat Maps
2013-07-03 12:42:13

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using over 15,000 recordings of echolocation sounds gathered from across the UK countryside, researchers from the University of Leeds have rendered the most detailed, large-scale maps of bat distribution in northern England. According to the researchers, the bat maps are especially significant because the animals represent about 25 percent of all of the UK's native mammal species and can be a canary-in-the-coal-mine, ecologically...

Flower Patterns Play Role In Bumblebee Choices
2013-06-20 18:33:49

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new study shows bumblebees actually look at flower patterns to help find spots full of nectar. Researchers writing in the journal Naturwissenschaften - The Science of Nature discovered bees prefer radial patterns when looking for food. The team performed a couple of experiments using both radio-frequency identification technology and video recordings. They exposed over 500 flower-naive bees to two types of patterns on...

2013-06-19 23:16:57

Steve McNair recognized for exceptional use of beekeeping to support at-risk youth WASHINGTON, D.C. (PRWEB) June 19, 2013 Bayer CropScience will honor Illinois beekeeper Steve McNair today with its first Bayer Bee Care Community Leadership Award. The award will be announced at Bayer´s National Pollinator Week Congressional Reception in Washington, D.C., an event where supporters of pollinator health celebrate the contribution pollinators make to the world´s food supply. The Bayer...

2013-06-17 23:20:24

AvFinity's APIS Connect helps charter carriers and corporate flight departments with infrequent international flights securely and easily comply with Advance Passenger Information programs mandated by many government border authorities. Austin, TX (PRWEB) June 17, 2013 AvFinity®, a global aviation technology leader in high-volume Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) filings, announces the launch of APIS Connect, a new service developed for low-volume and non-scheduled...

British Honeybee Colonies Suffered From Harsh Winter
2013-06-13 14:52:04

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online 2012 delivered some harsh weather in England. A long and wet summer was followed by a very cold and unpredictable winter that lasted into the start of spring. Such shaky weather conditions are now being blamed for a massive loss of honey bee colonies in the area. According to the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA), one-third of all the bee colonies in England have been lost – more than double the amount of colonies...

British Butterfly Needs Warm Weather This Summer For Survival
2013-06-10 11:38:26

University of Exeter Butterflies are extremely sensitive to changes in temperature and new research has revealed that when summer weather turns bad the silver-spotted skipper battles for survival. The butterfly, which previously faced extinction from habitat loss, is recovering following conservation efforts but the recent cool wet summers in England have almost stalled its progress. A 27 year study by researchers at the University of Exeter in collaboration with the University of York,...

Bee Sperm Banks
2013-06-10 11:30:16

Watch the video "Honey Bee Genome Repository" Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Beekeepers around the United States have been experiencing an unusually high level of colony die-off and a group of“¯Washington State University (WSU) researchers has just announced a plan to preserve the survival and biodiversity of honey bee colonies by creating a sperm bank for the tiny insects. Using liquid nitrogen to preserve their samples, the WSU scientists said they...


Latest Pollinators Reference Libraries

Melissophobia
2013-12-24 11:13:46

Melissophobia or the fear of bees, from Greek melissa, meaning honey bee and phobos, meaning fear, and sometimes misspelled as melissaphobia and known also as apiphobia, is one of the most common fears among people and is kind of a specific phobia. The majority of the population have been stung by a bee or had friends or family members stung. A child may fall victim to a bee sting while playing outside. The sting can be rather painful and in some individuals results in swelling which might...

Brandt’s Bat, Myitus brandtii
2013-10-11 08:07:41

The Brandt’s bat has a large population in northwest of England but is endangered in Austria. The Brandt’s Bat has shaggy brown fur with a pale grey belly. This bat is not a large bat and weighs less than half an ounce and measures up to two inches long. Its wingspan is more than triple its body length at 7.5 to 9.5 inches. Brandt’s bat eats only insects (insectivorous) and is not blind. However, echolocation is used for “night-vision,” so that while hunting at night it does...

Lesser Long Nosed Bat, Leptonycteris yerbabuenae
2013-08-19 15:45:14

The lesser long-nosed bat (Leptonycteris yerbabuenae), also known as the Mexican long-nosed bat or more commonly as Sanborn’s long-nosed bat, is a species of leaf-nosed bat that can be found in a different areas depending upon the season. Its summer range includes southern portions of Arizona, California, and New Mexico and a yearly range in southern and eastern portions of Mexico and coasts of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.  This species prefers a habitat within scrublands,...

Greater Long Nosed Bat, Leptonycteris nivalis
2013-08-19 15:40:45

The greater long-nosed bat (Leptonycteris nivalis), also known as the Mexican long-nosed bat, is a species of leaf-nosed bat that can be found in Mexico, Guatemala, and the United States. It prefers a habitat within temperate forests or desert scrublands. The greater long-nosed bat migrates seasonally to different areas of is range, most likely due to weather patterns and food abundance. In Mexico, the greater long-nosed bat roosts in male and female colonies, but during midsummer, after...

Southern Long Nosed Bat, Leptonycteris curasoae
2013-08-19 15:20:27

The southern long-nosed bat (Leptonycteris curasoae) is a species of leaf-nosed bat that is native to South America. It holds a range that includes Venezuela, Colombia, and the islands of Curaçao, Aruba, and Bonaire. It prefers a habitat within arid or semiarid climates along coastlines or in scrublands and thorn forests. The Curacao population was once thought to be a subspecies but is now classified as a population along with other populations of the species. The southern long-nosed bat...

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