Recent Xerces Society News


Citizen scientists tracking Ohio bumblebees

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Nolly Dakroury, The Columbus Dispatch Luciana Musetti is fascinated by bumblebees. “They play a vital role to our environment, and they are beautiful, too,” Musetti, an entomologist and curator of the Triplehorn Insect Collection at Ohio State University’s Museum of Biological Diversity, said in an email. When she can, she photographs them. That’s why she Read more …


State probe of Portland bee deaths finds lethal dose of banned chemical

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Kelly House, The Oregonian State investigators found lethal levels of a banned insecticide in the systems of bees found dead last month in downtown Portland. The Oregon Department of Agriculture released results Friday of investigations into the June 26 bee deaths near Pettygrove Park, as well as two nearby bee die-offs in mid-June. Investigators collected Read more …


World’s Biggest Bumblebee at Risk of Extinction

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

John R. Platt, Scientific American I’ve seen some big bumblebees in my time, but nothing like South America’s Bombus dahlbomii. “It looks like a flying mouse,” says Sarina Jepsen, endangered species program director for the The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. “It’s huge, colorful and incredibly charismatic.” B. dahlbomii is, in fact, the world’s largest Read more …


Bumblebees in severe and rapid decline from climate change — study

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Malavika Vyawahare, ClimateWire The heat is beginning to sting for bumblebees. As the Earth warms, they are being driven out of their habitats in North America and Europe, according to a new study published in Science. “They have disappeared from places they used to be found,” said Jeremy Kerr, an ecologist and one of the Read more …


Bumblebees Are Being Bumped Off by Climate Change, Scientists Say

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Alan Boyle, NBC News Scientists say wild bumblebee species are being squeezed into extinction by climate change in North America and Europe — so much so that some of them might need help from us humans to find safe havens. Their conclusion, published in this week’s issue of the journal Science, is based on an Read more …


A ‘Climate Vise’ is Squeezing Bumble Bees’ Range

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Brian Kahn, Climate Central If you’ve hiked through a meadow in bloom in Europe or North America, you’ve probably heard the buzz and seen the lazy meanderings of bumble bees from flower to flower. Yet what was once a common sight on the southern end of their range is becoming rare or nonexistent. According to Read more …


Bumblebees being crushed by climate change

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Cally Carswell, As the climate changes, plants and animals are on the move. So far, many are redistributing in a similar pattern: As habitat that was once too cold warms up, species are expanding their ranges toward the poles, whereas boundaries closer to the equator have remained more static. Bumblebees, however, appear to be Read more …


Rising Temperatures Are Squishing Bumblebee Habitats

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Rob Verger, Vice News Climate change is putting the pinch on bumblebee habitats, says a study published today in the journal Science. As atmospheric temperatures have risen, wild bumblebees in North America and Europe have not been extending the northern limits of their ranges to higher latitudes, as some other species have done. Meanwhile, higher Read more …


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 …


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Photo: Rusty patched bumble bee by Johanna James Heinz.

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