The heath bumble bee is widespread in the north and west of Scotland. Despite its name, it is not restricted to heathland: it is also found on moorland, grasslands, coastal dunes and in gardens, where it visits a variety of flowers. It nests in different places, from old birds’ nests, small mammal burrows, or among […]
F/8.0, 1/250, ISO 320. Bumblebee Why don’t elephants use cellular phones? So the rest of the world won’t know their plans. Interesting Fact: The bumblebee tongue (the proboscis) is a long, hairy structure that extends from a sheath-like modified maxilla. The primary action of the tongue is lapping, that is, repeated dipping of the tongue into […]
Could the Cornish Black Bee be an answer to the decline in bee population in the UK? The sad fact is that bees are in real trouble. In recent years the news coverage of their plight has become increasingly worrying. It is now estimated that of the roughly two thousand species of bee in Europe…
One keeper says he spotted the signs and had to burn an entire hive to protect others.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is seeking information relevant to a proposal to list the Crotch bumble bee, Franklin’s bumble bee, Western bumble bee and Suckley cuckoo bumble bee as endangered species. In October 2018, the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, Defenders of Wildlife and the Center for Food Safety submitted a […]
In a blatant bit of promotional activity, I’m asking any readers of this to support “The Hut” in a public vote to find the Cuprinol Shed of The Year 2019. Having decided to enter “The Hut” into this annual national competition back in spring, it was a big surprise to be contacted about a month […]
A swarm of bees is taking an extended vacation at a Joshua Tree viewing area, leading officials to close a popular viewpoint in the park for more than a week. Keys View — a vista with a panoramic view of the Coachella Valley — will be closed Monday through July 2 while park employees monitor…
Local Girl Scout Julia Wine takes on habitat loss affecting solitary bees by build a bee box in the Master Gardeners Teaching Garden at the Fairlington Community Center – and wins a Girls Scout Gold Award in the process!
Homeowners with small yards or apartment dwellers with balconies may wonder what role they can play in supporting pollinators. The good news is that by selecting smaller sizes of woody plants and making creative use of containers, gardeners with limited space can enjoy appealing landscapes that attract a wide variety of these creatures.