Recent Xerces Society News

 

A Ghost in the Making: Photographing the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

By International League of Conservation Photographers, National Geographic Voices Over the past two years I have become increasingly fascinated, okay obsessed, with North America’s native bees. Although I initially began photographing them in my backyard in between assignments it didn’t take long for me to become mesmerized by the lives of these remarkable, often minute Read more …

 

Rare insect imperiled by retreating ice in Glacier National Park

Friday, December 5th, 2014

By Louis Sahagun, The LA Times Shrinking glaciers and rising stream temperatures in Montana’s Glacier National Park are prompting concerns about the impacts on surrounding ecological systems after perennial streams of melted ice disappear. Of particular concern is the fate of a rare aquatic insect, the western glacier stonefly, which is only found in the Read more …

 

Pollinator Recommendations Deliver A Sting

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

By Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren, Jefferson Public Radio The thousands of bees that died in Oregon a couple of summers ago did not die in vain. The die-off, a result of pesticide use, increased awareness of both the value of bees (and other pollinators) and the perils of ignorance in chemical use. The Xerces Read more …

 

Oyster growers asking for permission to use new type of pesticide

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

By Jake Schild, The Daily World State regulators are considering a proposal from the Willapa Grays Harbor Oyster Growers Association to use the pesticide imidacloprid to eliminate the problem of burrowing shrimp. The growers association believes the pesticide is a safer alternative to carbaryl, which was previously used to take care of the problem, but Read more …

 

My View: Making space for bees in our crowded landscapes can help solve food production woes

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

By Matthew Shepherd and Eric Lee-Mader, Portland Tribune There are photos and videos circulating on the Web of a crop duster seed-bombing wildflowers to create a meadow for bees that challenges our expectations. What’s a plane usually used for killing insects doing trying to save them? In grabbing our attention, it shines a spotlight onto Read more …

 

Bee death task force’s recommendations to Oregon lawmakers too weak, conservationists argue

Monday, November 24th, 2014

By Kelly House, The Oregonian A state task force charged with helping Oregon lawmakers respond to honeybee die-offs has released its final report, spurring outcry from one task force member who argues the suggestions are too weak. The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation – one of eight groups with a voting member on the task Read more …

 

9 extraordinary facts about North America’s native bees

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

By Jaymi Heimbuch, Mother Nature Network We all know bees are amazing. Without these pollinators, humans and many other creatures would starve to death. But there is so much about bees that most of us don’t realize, including the sheer amount of diversity. There are over 4,000 species of native bees in North America alone. Read more …

 

Bees aren’t the only pollinators you can attract

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Dean Fosdick, The Associated Press The dramatic loss of honeybees to changing land use, viruses and pesticides is alarming, and they are irreplaceable as pollinators. But you can somewhat offset their loss by attracting alternative pollinators such as beetles, butterflies and moths, dragonflies, feral bees, wasps and flower flies. Attracting these beneficial insects requires a Read more …

 

The buzz on native bees

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

By Kailey Roberts, the Daily Sun Large moths with their wings carefully spread, small beetles, and several bee species fill the display boxes of pinned insects sitting on the tables in the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church’s main hall. Standing in front of this display, Kristen Potter, an insect physiologist at Northern Arizona University, Read more …

 

Pollinator task force backs pesticide reporting system

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Mateusz Perkowski, Capital Press A pollinator health task force is recommending that Oregon lawmakers reactivate a statewide pesticide use reporting system and pay for a “state of the art” facility to diagnose bee diseases. The Oregon Legislature created the task force last year to make recommendations for improving pollinator health instead of restricting the use Read more …

 

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Photo: Rusty patched bumble bee by Johanna James Heinz.

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