Flower-wise, bees favor farm over city

Hungry honey bees appear to favor flowers in agricultural areas over those in neighboring urban areas, says a study done by scientists with CFAES.

The discovery, the scientists said, has implications for urban beekeepers and challenges assumptions that farmland and honey bees are incompatible.

Gather more details. (Photo: Honey bee on goldenrod, iStock.)

A handy new guide to the bees in your garden

Image of bumble bee 2Ohio’s bees are more than honey bees. They’re bumble bees (like this one), carpenter bees, cuckoo bees and others, and you can identify more than a dozen of them — types you’re likely to see in your garden — using a new pocket card from CFAES. (Photo: David Cappaert, Bugwood.org.)

Bees exposed to ‘wide, concerning range of pesticides’: Study

Honey bees living next to corn and soybean fields are “exposed to a surprisingly wide and concerning range of pesticides,” according to a May 31 Newsweek story about research involving CFAES insect scientist Elizabeth Long, who was at Purdue University at the time of the study. There’s a video interview, too, with the story.

Researcher seeking soybean fields for pollinator study

Although soybean crops are self-pollinating, some species of bee and fly pollinators can enhance soybean yields, says a CFAES researcher.

The question is, what pollinator insects are active in Ohio soybean crops?

That’s what Kelley Tilmon, a field crop entomologist with OSU Extension and OARDC, wants to know. OSU Extension and OARDC are the outreach and research arms of the college, respectively.

Tilmon is conducting a study on the issue and is seeking conventional or organic soybean growers willing to allow insect sampling equipment to be placed in their fields to identify what pollinator insects are flourishing there. Continue reading

Talk on bees’ health, genes, social life

Penn State scientist Christina Grozinger, distinguished entomology professor and director of the Center for Pollinator Research, presents “Bee Health: From Genes to Landscapes” from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, in 121 Fisher Auditorium at CFAES’s research arm, OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. You also can watch by video in 244 Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey Road, on Ohio State’s campus in Columbus. Grozinger, for example, has been quoted this month in “A Hardier Honeybee That Fights Back By Biting Back” on NPR and “Conflict Among Honey Bee Genes Supports Theory of Altruism” on Phys.org.