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There are some species of bees that are facing dwindling numbers, but honey bees are not one of them. In fact, Assistant Extension Professor Elaine Evans of the Bee Lab noted, "We have more honey bees on the landscape than ever before." And that, she said, means that increased beekeeping, particularly in major U.S. cities, can have a negative impact on those endangered bees we're concerned about. Read more.
Residential landscaping contributes to an alarming ecological crisis: a steep decline in the health of pollinating animals, whose services provide one-third of the food we eat. They don’t just power the supermarket produce aisle; pollinators keep forests, parks, and shrublands humming. Read more.
Learn about the University of Minnesota insect collection! Home to more than 4 million insect specimens that together create a story of how Minnesota's natural environment has changed over the decades — and what's possible for the future. Read more
The Minnesota Agriculture for Pollinators Project (MAPP) is working with farmers and landowners across southwest Minnesota to discover answers on how to build robust habitats for bees and other pollinators that also provide pest control and ecosystem services for neighboring farms. Watch video
Unmanned aerial vehicles, better known as drones, are constantly being used for new purposes. They help locate lost people, deliver packages, and now have proven their worth at detecting when agricultural crops are being stressed by insect pests, according a paper published in the Journal of Economic Entomology. Read more
The University of Minnesota Insect Collection passed a milestone in 2019! It now contains 4,035,133 specimens representing over 53,000 species. Read more
An unprecedented outbreak of destructive beetles has killed nearly half the tamarack trees in Minnesota, and foresters say thousands of acres that have succumbed may never recover, endangering the broader ecosystem in northern parts of the state. Read more
The spotted wing drosophila is just one of several destructive invasive insects, weeds and diseases moving in on Minnesota as climate change brings warming winters, longer growing seasons and increased rainfall. Read more
If you spot a pair of beekeepers in the elevator of the Radisson Blu Mall of America hotel, don’t be alarmed. There’s no infestation; it’s just business as usual for this Bloomington, Minn., hotel and a growing number of properties around the globe. Behind the bee veils at the Radisson Blu you’ll find University of Minnesota Bee Squad program manager Bridget Mendel tending to hives on the rooftop and collecting data on the resident honeybees with other members of her team. Read more