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Bees prefer cities to rural areas as mass crops blamed for decline | Daily Mail Online

By Fiona Macrae, Science Correspondent for The Daily Mail | April 1, 2015 We think of them as thriving in wildflower meadows and rolling fields. But new research suggests Britain’s bees are happier near towns and cities. A study of wildlife sites across four English counties has found that most are home to fewer species of bee today than they were in the past. It found that the expansion of farmland has actually been more damaging to Britain’s bee population than the concreting over of the …

Rare bee discovered by UVa. professor – Waynesboro News Virginian: Local

Flitting from flower to flower, sipping nectar and wearing pollen on their fuzzy legs, rusty patched bumblebees were once a common sight all over the eastern United States. In recent years, however, the bee has all but disappeared and experts fear the pollinator may be headed toward extinction. This summer, though, a research team led by a University of Virginia professor and members of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute spotted a rusty patched bumble bee at Sky Meadows State Park in …

Spider Fangs Make Perfect Injection Needles : Discovery News

… colleagues investigated the structural mechanics of the wandering spider Cupiennius salei, which is mostly found in Central America. Wandering spiders don’t build a web to catch their prey; instead, they hunt around on the ground. The researchers chose C. salei because it’s easy to breed this species in large numbers year round in the laboratory. They modeled its fangs structurally in experiments and in simulations. Unlike other biological injection needles, such as mosquito and bee …

Bumblebee Bummer: This Native Bee Is Facing Extinction | TakePart

… groups to sue the government to add one type of bumblebee to the endangered species list. The Xerces Society and the Natural Resource Defense Council, the environmental groups that brought the lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, say the rusty patch bumblebee has lost 87 percent of its native range in the Midwest and on the Eastern seaboard. In 2013, Xerces petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to have the bee listed, but it says the …

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