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Monarch Butterflies Threatened Due To North American Habitat Loss
2014-06-05 11:57:41

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Populations of monarch butterflies are projected to decline in eastern North America and a new study published today in the Journal of Animal Ecology concluded that habitat loss in North America would be to blame. "Our work provides the first evidence that monarch butterfly numbers in eastern North America are most sensitive to changes in the availability of milkweed on breeding grounds, particularly in the Corn Belt region of the...

2014-06-03 23:13:48

This blend of honey is smooth, creamy and light on the palate. Bethesda, MD (PRWEB) June 03, 2014 Bethesda-based Bee America introduced three new honey blends earlier this year. These blends are based on original honey that sustained Americans as they explored and settled in the United States. Prairie Honey is the second honey blend in this series. Prairie honey reflects the endless sea of grassland that was so impressive to the early settlers. Homesteaders valued honey bees as...

2014-05-31 23:03:17

June is notorious for bat infestations as many bat species migrate into increasingly residential areas in search of food and shelter. Bird-X explains how to painlessly and humanely keep homes and structures free of bats. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) May 31, 2014 Multiple celebrity news sources recently reported that Ozzy Osbourne’s Buckinghamshire, England estate is infested with bats, requiring an estimated £300,000 (or $503,220) in repairs (source). While readers may think “karma is a...

2014-05-30 09:48:28

Frontiers The open-access journal Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution reports the first known case where four species, all at different levels in the food chain, use a single odor to communicate with and ruthlessly exploit each other. Plant-feeding insects are often attracted to odors that are released by damaged plant tissue because these plants are already under attack and so a good place to look for food, sexual partners, and egg-laying sites. The jumping plant louse Diaphorina citri...

2014-05-15 23:13:44

Green Festival’s youngest exhibitors will be creating buzz about honeybees and their raw honey products. Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) May 15, 2014 For its third year, Really Raw Honey (RRH), a multi-generational family-owned business, will put its 2014 exhibition into the hands of its young children (ages 4-16) to run at the Green Festival in Washington DC at The Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Some of the youngsters include Maliyah (age 4), Malaika (9), Sole’ (11), Nya (13), Kahlil...

bee biodiversity
2014-05-12 09:14:56

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Farmers rely on bees to pollinate their crops and increase yields, and a new study from entomologists at North Carolina State University has found the biodiversity of bees in a local ecosystem can have a significant impact on crop yield. In the report, which was published in the journal PLOS ONE, the researchers showed that blueberry plants produce more seed and grow larger berries if they receive a more diverse range of bee species....

2014-05-08 23:02:05

Rising spring temperatures prompt many bee species to begin their search for the flowering plants they depend on for food — and which they propagate through pollination. But what would happen if this vital, mutually beneficial relationship goes out of synch due to climate change? Newark, NJ (PRWEB) May 08, 2014 The timing has been beautifully choreographed by nature. Rising spring temperatures prompt many bee species to begin their search for the flowering plants they depend on for food...

2014-05-06 23:16:42

A bold blend of honey that reminds us of the strength and character of our American pioneers. Bethesda, MD (PRWEB) May 06, 2014 Bethesda-based Bee America introduced three new honey blends earlier this year. These blends are based on original honey that sustained Americans as they explored and settled in the United States. Pioneer Honey is the second honey blend in this series. Pioneer Honey is characterized by its robust taste and sweetness. This honey is reminiscent of the tended straw...

2014-05-05 08:23:01

Celebrate the Annual Return of the Rufous Hummingbird and Help Them Survive the Harsh Spring SANTA BARBARA, Calif., May 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Rufous Hummingbird populations have dropped 60% since 1967. Unusual weather this year has encouraged some hummingbirds to migrate earlier than past years and they're arriving exhausted and hungry. What can be done right now to help them? Pollinator Queen, Noelle Meade-Izzi shares 5 tips on her website explaining how to attract and support...

Thirsty Butterflies And Bees Like Crocodile Tears
2014-05-01 03:54:03

Ecological Society of America The butterfly (Dryas iulia) and the bee (Centris sp.) were most likely seeking scarce minerals and an extra boost of protein. On a beautiful December day in 2013, they found the precious nutrients in the tears of a spectacled caiman (Caiman crocodilus), relaxing on the banks of the Río Puerto Viejo in northeastern Costa Rica. A boat carrying students, photographers, and aquatic ecologist Carlos de la Rosa was passing slowing and quietly by, and caught the...


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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