New Bee Species Discovered in Canada

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Sweat bee

Researchers Jason Gibbs who was working on a study of sweat bees discovered a new species while commuting from downtown Toronto to York University. It is one of 19 new species he found while examining 84 species of sweat bees in Canada — so named because they are attracted to perspiration — which are common in North America. His study goes a long way in cataloging a variety of bee that has proven a “nightmare” to study.

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City Bees Are Healthier and More Productive Than Their Country Cousins

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An urban beekeeper.

While their country cousins’ populations collapse, bees in Paris are thriving as having a rooftop hive becomes de rigueur for hotels and restaurants seeking an in-house source of home-grown artisanal honey. According to the BBC, the urban bees are healthier and more productive than ones in rural France and they seem to like the City of Light for the same reason many people do: lots of good food.

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Are Cell Phones to Blame for the Disappearance of Honey Bees?

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Researchers claim they have found the cause of the decline in bees which could be the first step in reversing the decline.

The growing use of mobile telephones is behind the disappearance of honey bees and the collapse of their hives, scientists have claimed.  Their disappearance has caused alarm throughout Europe and North America where campaigners have blamed agricultural pesticides, climate change and the advent of genetically modified crops for what is now known as ‘colony collapse disorder.’ Britain has seen a 15 per cent decline in its bee population in the last two years and shrinking numbers has led to a rise in thefts of hives.

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