The BBC has published a fascinating read on how many types of beautiful flowers are not usable for pollinators, and the proliferation of this category of plants actually reduces available options to our bee friends 🐝
They posit "We're often tempted to add flowers to our gardens to attract bees and promote biodiversity. But what if this is sometimes a bad idea?"
Very informative article for anyone interested in gardening and in the future of pollinators in general!
You've heard of a spelling bee but have you heard of a brain bee? We'd like to think of bees as being very brainy, but these competitions test students on their knowledge of neuroscience, which is increasingly helpful information as medical science unravels the mysteries of the brain in humans and other species'
This year, the Winnipeg competition is being held March 11th with the winning student going on to represent Manitoba at the national event!
Blade Runner (Wikipedia) for bees, the University of Durham in the UK is making progress on some very practical robotics research: "We plan to affect a whole ecosystem by interacting with only one single animal, the queen,"
This could have a massive positive impact on pollinators that face major challenges with changes environments such as the honeybee which among others is a massive contributor toward the crops grown for feeding humans around the world
By pampering the queen with a synthetic support staff, researchers hope to boost the overall health of the colony and thereby the health of the local environment
Did You Know?
March: from Latin Martius after the Roman god of war! ⚔️ (Wikipedia page)
For 2023 the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere is March 20, which is also called the March Equinox (from Latin aequus for equal and nox/noctis for night) which is simply one of the two mid points as the Earth travels between each solstice point (read more about equinoxes on Wikipedia here)
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