Berkeley discovery: Bumblebees like flowers, not pavement

Hard to believe anyone paid for this… yet there is a darker side to it…

“The study suggests that management strategies that reduce the local use of pavement and increase natural habitat within the landscape could improve nesting opportunities for wild bees and help protect food supplies around the word.” [EurekAlert]

19 responses to “Berkeley discovery: Bumblebees like flowers, not pavement

  1. “yet there is a darker side to this”
    Isn’t there always??

  2. Good thing money grows on trees.

  3. Friend of John Galt

    Just what we need … bee nests in trees in parking lots where people coming and going will stir up the bees — especially if africanized bees take up residence.

    • Um..bumble bees nest in the ground….. These are not the kind that are attacked by africanized bees.
      I have actually heard that the dimnishing bees really are a serious problem. If there are no bees, all the polinating will need to be done by humans. Want the job?

  4. She checked the genetic diversity of collected bees? Does that mean she whacked the bees???
    Perhaps they should check out my windbreak. I have to mow when it’s kind of chilly or the bumble bees attack@

    • Yup, she wacked the bees…bet that helped their diversity….

    • You bring up a funny point.

      I just saw a video about a lizard researcher in Australia, who sets up these lizard collection pits and sets up barriers to trap them in the pits. After 20 years of collecting – and killing these lizards, He decried the fact that since he started researching the lizard population has gone down 15% – he blamed it on Global Warming – no kidding. I blame it on him killing lizards for 20 years in the same area, and constructing barriers that prevent their normal activities.

      It is never the fault of the eco-nuts. It is always something else, and if you can’t think what – just blame Global warming..

  5. Dang. And my city just spent a lot of extra money on select brick streets and school parking lots trying to be green. And they failed to take into account how they might have helped the bumblebees. Another opportunity to publicly model inefficiency and ineffectiveness down the tubes – for now.

  6. It seems to be a case,of: to achieve he Green’s utopia, a planet where Mother Nature rules supreme, all we have to do is eliminate all human activity, but preferably humanity itself. Perhaps they’ll allow fellow greens to survive as unpaid gardeners in the new Eden.
    We know what kills bees – GM crops and insecticides, the question: is that their real purpose?

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