Recent Xerces Society News


Just a handful of wild bee species do most of the pollination work

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Sasha Harris-Lovett, LA Times Wild bees pollinate many crops, but some bees are busier than others. On average, only 2% of wild bee species were responsible for 80% of the pollination visits witnessed by researchers around the world, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications. “This study puts a spotlight on Read more …


Migrating Monarch Butterflies Might Actually Take to the Highway

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Heather Hansman, The Monarch butterfly population has been in decline, but the North American insects are getting some unlikely help with their migration. This month, a Pollinator Health Task Force, formed at President Obama’s request and including government agencies from the Federal Highway Association to Fish and Wildlife as well as non-governmental partners, released Read more …


USDA Program Aims To Aid Pollinators

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Rita Brhel, Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan It’s been nine years since Colony Collapse Disorder first made headlines, not only in the beekeeping community but also to the masses with reports speculating the effects of this mysterious, sudden disappearance of millions of honey bees on future supermarket prices. Yet honey bees are continuing to suffer. Read more …


Can bees become addicted to pesticides?

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Pete Spotts, The Christian Science Monitor Flitting from blossom to blossom, bees represent an ecological lifeline from one generation of plants to the next – paid in nectar and pollen to keep the reproductive ball rolling on farms, in woods, and in backyard gardens. But since 2006, concerns have grown over a decline in bee Read more …


Save the Bees with J. Crew’s New Graphic Tees, Which Already Have Celebrities Abuzz

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Andrea Cheng, InStyle Here’s some Earth Day news for you to buzz about—J. Crew has spearheaded a Save the Bees campaign through its Garments for Good initiative to support The Xerces Society, a non-profit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates (read: bees and their fellow insects). And why exactly? Because of climate Read more …


Whole Foods and Xerces Society Work to Help Pollinators at Risk

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Gabrielle Saulsbery, Modern Farmer Many of the ingredients in popular dishes would become scarce or totally unavailable without pollinators like bees, hummingbirds and hawk moths. Pollinators are responsible for one in three bites of food people take, and with the threats these small flying friends face on a daily basis, many species are in danger. Read more …


Long-suspected pesticide is harming bumblebees

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

John Dzieza, The Verge When honey bees began dying en masse in late 2006, one of the early suspects was a class of insecticides called neonicotinoids. These chemicals are often applied to seeds before planting, so that the poison permeates the entire plant as it grows, including its pollen and nectar. The European Union placed Read more …


Lockeford researchers boost conservation efforts

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Reed Fujii, Recordnet The topics were perhaps a bit esoteric — providing habitat for pollinators, primarily native California bees, and promoting healthy soil with a balance of plant and microbial life. But interest in such research, promising benefits to farming and conserving the environment, brought several dozen people together Tuesday at the annual open house Read more …


Plight of imperiled Glacier National Park insect draws lawsuit

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Vince Devlin, The Missoulian There are approximately 3,500 species of stoneflies. One of them – one so rare it’s found only in Montana – is at the heart of a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday in Washington, D.C. The Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity wants a judge to force the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Read more …


This Is What Your Salad Bar Would Look Like Without Bees (And Other Pollinators)

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Nick Visser, The Huffington Post By now, you probably have your salad bar game down to a science. Arugula, beets, feta, sunflower seeds and a touch of balsamic vinaigrette? A little bit of falafel if you want to feel fancy? Well, without bees, butterflies, beetles and their pollinating brethren, tough luck. For the past two Read more …


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Photo: Rusty patched bumble bee by Johanna James Heinz.

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