Urban yards can be tough for bees. There are often not enough flowers, or the wrong kinds of flowers, so people compensate with pollinator gardens. However, cities are also hot, due to impervious surfaces and the urban heat island effect.
Insects experience the environment at much smaller scales than people do. Some insects may not move more than a block in their lives. We figured bees that can't tolerate heat won't be found in hot parts of town and did a study to determine if that's true.
Pollinators came to national attention due, in part, to concern that neonicotinoid insecticides may be harmful to them. This spring, concern for monarchs and concern about neonicotinoids have collided.
Barberry is very attractive to bees and is blooming early in Raleigh. Photo: SDF Spring in Raleigh is almost a month ahead of usual (is usual a thing anymore?). This means we've had [...]
If you are an undergraduate science major who is interested in pursuing a career in STEM, there is an exciting new opportunity to develop your skills while studying the interface between microbes and bees. BeeMORE is [...]
Honey bee. Photo:SDF People have domesticated many different plant and animal species to utilize for food, fiber, or other resources. To domesticate a plant or animal people deliberately breed individuals that have valuable [...]
Two years ago Elsa Youngsteadt and I from NC State joined forces with Dave Smitley, Heidi Wollaeger, and others from Michigan State University to organize the first national conference related to pollinator conservation in ornamental [...]
Photo by SDF. The Horticultural Research Institute just released a pdf summarizing some BMPs for protecting pollinators from insecticides in greenhouse and nursery production and in landscapes. The crux of it is read [...]
Dr. David Smitley at Michigan State University helps organize the national Protecting Pollinators in Ornamental Landscapes Conference that took place in 2015 in North Carolina and will be held again in Michigan in October 2017. [...]
This is a guest post from our Research Associate, Elsa Youngsteadt A portrait of T.B. Mitchell in the lab. Image courtesy of Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries; photographer unknown. [...]