pollinators

Pollinator Gardens on Bus Stop Roofs Grow Across Europe

Pollinator Gardens on Bus Stop Roofs Grow Across Europe

Across Europe, more and more bus stops are sporting a new look — with lush green roofs designed to support pollinators. The number of bus stops topped with pollinator gardens is expected to increase another 50% in the UK alone by the end of this year. The “bee bus stops” began popping up in Utrecht, […]

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    Over 15 Million Bees Destroyed in Australia Amid Varroa Mite Outbreak

    Over 15 Million Bees Destroyed in Australia Amid Varroa Mite Outbreak

    In New South Wales, Australia, an outbreak of varroa mite parasites, also called varroa destructors which are deadly to honey bees, has led to the culling of over 15 million bees since the parasite was first detected on June 22. New South Wales’ Agriculture Minister Dugald Saunders said that bees in 1,533 hives have been […]

    Monarch Butterflies Face Three Major Threats

    Monarch Butterflies Face Three Major Threats

    Despite recent news that overwintering monarch butterfly populations have increased 35% in the past year, these graceful creatures are still facing an unsteady future after years of ongoing decline. Monarch butterflies are a migratory species. Eastern monarch butterflies, which make up the vast majority of monarch butterflies in North America, travel from southern Canada and […]

    Half of UK Butterfly Species Now Threatened or Near Threatened With Extinction

    Half of UK Butterfly Species Now Threatened or Near Threatened With Extinction

    The number of UK butterflies threatened by extinction has risen by more than a quarter. The charity Butterfly Conservation announced its new Red List of UK butterfly species Wednesday, and found that 41 species were now threatened and nine percent were Near Threatened.  “Shockingly, half of Britain’s remaining butterfly species are listed as threatened or […]

    Monarch Butterfly Count Up 35% in WWF-Mexico Survey

    Monarch Butterfly Count Up 35% in WWF-Mexico Survey

    After many years of plummeting populations of migrating monarch butterflies, a WWF-Mexico survey brings good news: during the 2021-2022 overwintering period, the monarch butterfly presence observed in the forests of Mexico was 35% higher than the previous year. While the butterflies are still vulnerable and require more conservation efforts, the survey gives some hope for […]

    Flying Insect Numbers Down Almost 60% in UK Car Windscreen Test

    Flying Insect Numbers Down Almost 60% in UK Car Windscreen Test

    Have you observed that the number of insects landing on your car windscreen has decreased over the past decades?  If so, you aren’t alone. Two conservation groups in the UK set out to test the oft-observed “windscreen phenomenon,” and the result was shocking: The number of flying insects landing on British cars fell by almost […]

    ‘No Mow May’ Movement Seeks to Provide Food for Hungry Bees

    ‘No Mow May’ Movement Seeks to Provide Food for Hungry Bees

    This is the first week in May, when many bees in the U.S. wake up from their winter hibernation and smell the flowers.  Now, you can support these essential pollinators in their search for nectar by participating in No Mow May and letting wildflowers grow on your lawn.  “[W]hen we leave our weeds, or things […]