Tag Archive for 'insects'

Bumblebees exposed to pyrethroid pesticides are smaller and smaller bumblebees are less able foragers

January 20th, 2014 by Royal Holloway University of London

According to a new study by Royal Holloway University of London, exposure to a widely used pesticide causes worker bumblebees to grow less and then hatch out at a smaller size, according to a new study by Royal Holloway University of London. The research paper, “Impact of chronic exposure to a pyrethroid pesticide on bumblebees […]

Bee colonies suffer when exposed to a combination of pesticides

October 22nd, 2012 by Royal Holloway University of London

The behaviour of bees and the success of their colonies are significantly affected when exposed to a combination of pesticides, according to research from the School of Biological Sciences at Royal Holloway, University of London published in the paper ‘Combined pesticide exposure severely affects individual-and colony-level traits in bees‘ in Nature. The researchers, Dr Richard […]

RHS publishes lists of pollinator-friendly wildflowers and plants

July 4th, 2012 by Royal Horticultural Society

Bees and other pollinating insects will benefit from a new guide produced by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). Following last year’s very popular list of pollinator-friendly cultivated plants the charity is launching a follow-up list covering wild flowers useful as nectar and/or pollen sources for insects. Many of these native plants can be used in […]

The Channel Islands Co-operative Society launches plan to help bees

May 15th, 2012 by The Channel Islands Co-operative Society Limited

The Channel Islands Co-operative Society has launched Plan Bee, which is an initiative to support and grow the Channel Islands’ bee population. Primary schools across Guernsey and Jersey have received information leaflets and packets of wildflower seeds which, when planted, will help to feed the bee populations of both islands. Besides producing honey and beeswax, […]

The plight of the bumblebee

September 15th, 2011 by Jamie-Lee Loughlin

This short film is about the plight of the humble bumblebee which has declined dramatically in numbers and range during the 20th Century, to the extent that half of the 25 British species are now rare and 2 are extinct.