This common herb will keep bee pollinators buzzing in your garden

This common herb will keep bee pollinators buzzing in your garden

The most widely grown and appreciated garden favorites, of course, are those with attractive flowers. And there is a common assumption that those plants which delight human eyes will also be the most attractive for bees and other flower-visiting insects. Research at the Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects at the University of Sussex can give a more empirical take.

Controversial pesticide stops bumblebee queens from laying eggs and could spell the end for the species, research finds

Controversial pesticide stops bumblebee queens from laying eggs and could spell the end for the species, research finds

A controversial pesticide can potentially wipe out common bumblebee populations by preventing the formation of new colonies, research has shown. The neonicotinoid chemical thiamethoxam dramatically reduces egg-laying by queen bumblebees, say scientists. Predictions based on a mathematical model suggest this could result in the total collapse of local populations of the wild bees.

10 Things You Can Do to Help Save the Bees

10 Things You Can Do to Help Save the Bees

There are better ways of dealing with pests – especially biological controls. Modern pesticides are extremely powerful and many are long-lasting and very toxic to bees and other insects. Removing all unnecessary pesticides from the environment is probably the single most important thing we can do to save the bees.