27 Nov '14, 7pm

Bees have pollen preferences, and we've wiped out many of their favorite flowers

Bees have pollen preferences, and we've wiped out many of their favorite flowers

Over the years we've written dozens and dozens of articles about bees , our small yellow and black friends that are so essential to the proper balance of our planet's ecosystems (via pollination). There's no doubt about it, bees have been having a rough time lately (especially because of the somewhat mysterious colony collapse disorder problem). Parasites, pesticides, habitat destruction... And now they apparently can't even find their favorite snacks anymore. How bad can it be? Humans have been modifying the landscape on a large scale since the invention of agriculture, and this has only accelerated since the industrial revolution. This means that many types of wildflowers that used to grow over large areas are now gone, and since various bee species rely on different types of flowers, some bees are left stranded without their preferred source of food. USGS Bee Inventory ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/bees-have-poll...

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