Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards
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Plants support pollinators in the most basic of ways.
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Live Bees Now Mailed in Tiny Cage - Modern Mechanix (Feb, 1932)

Live Bees Now Mailed in Tiny Cage - Modern Mechanix (Feb, 1932) | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
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From Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium, by Maria Merian, butteryfly and tobbaco (Nicotiana species).

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A Polar Bear's Tale: 'Summer Birds'

A Polar Bear's Tale: 'Summer Birds' | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it

Children's book about naturalist Maria Sibylla Merian, German botanist and naturalist who studied and documented insects and the plants.  Merian loved to Surinam in 1699, later writing the comprehensive volume, Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium, on the insects and flora of the colony.

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Bats evolved more than one way to drink nectar

Bats evolved more than one way to drink nectar | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
A team of evolutionary biologists compared the anatomy and genes of bats to help solve a persistent question in evolution: Why do analyses of different features of an organism result in conflicting patterns of evolutionary relationships?
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BEE BALM and POLLINATE ON

BEE BALM and POLLINATE ON | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
Poster created with the Keep Calm-o-matic...

 

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Are Zombie Bees Infiltrating Your Neighborhood? | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network

Are Zombie Bees Infiltrating Your Neighborhood? | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
Zombie bees are not science fiction. They are real—and real threat to already-threatened U.S. honeybee populations.

Honeybees (Apis mellifera) in California and South Dakota have been observed ...
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BBC News - New cricket species filmed pollinating orchids

BBC News - New cricket species filmed pollinating orchids | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
A new species of cricket is caught on camera for the first time - and its bizarre behaviour has surprised scientists.
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Enhanced royal jelly produces jumbo queen bee larvae

Enhanced royal jelly produces jumbo queen bee larvae | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
Scientists have discovered a way to make worker bees produce an enhanced version of royal jelly (RJ) -- the super-nutritious substance that dictates whether larvae become workers or queens, and that is also renowned as a health supplement for people.
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Nature News Blog: Hummingbirds don’t mind the rain : Nature News Blog

Nature News Blog: Hummingbirds don’t mind the rain : Nature News Blog | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
Hummingbirds manage to maintain complete control over their aerial position, even when their tiny bodies are being hammered by raindrops.  Read more...
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Nibbles: Bees, Honey, Sequipedalis, Website, Conference

“Most people are not aware of the fact that 84% of the European crops are partially or entirely dependent on insect pollination.” Right. I could have sworn it was 82%.
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Maria Merian's bee and red ginger plant, Surinam, circa 1700.  Published in Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium.

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Bees blighted by bad weather

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Bad weather this summer has led to an unproductive season for bees, which has had a snowball effect...
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Massachusetts butterflies move north as climate warms

Massachusetts butterflies move north as climate warms | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
A new study shows that, over the past 19 years, a warming climate has been reshaping Massachusetts butterfly communities.
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Fukushima butterflies 'abnormal'

Fukushima butterflies 'abnormal' | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
Exposure to radioactive material released into the environment has caused mutations in butterflies found in Japan, a study suggests.
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Japanese string gardens

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String gardens are a botanical technique meant to raise plants to eye level. Small moss balls called kokedama house the root system which is wrapped and then suspended by total awesomeness.
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BBC Nature - Chemical communication videos, news and facts

BBC Nature - Chemical communication videos, news and facts | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it

Chemical communication is all about taste and smell. See "Bee Dynasty," narrated by David Attenborough.

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Video: How Hummingbirds Weather the Storm - ScienceNOW

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Video: How Hummingbirds Weather the Storm - ScienceNOW...
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nsf.gov - National Science Foundation (NSF) Discoveries - It's Wildflower Season on Mountain Peaks, But Alpine Plants May Soon Miss the Date - US National Science Foundation (NSF)

nsf.gov - National Science Foundation (NSF) Discoveries - It's Wildflower Season on Mountain Peaks, But Alpine Plants May Soon Miss the Date - US National Science Foundation (NSF) | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it

Can bees shift too?

 

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Butterfly blues

Butterfly blues | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
Sir David Attenborough warns that butterfly populations may suffer this year because of recent wet weather.
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