Talk: Native Bees are Picky, What you Plant Matters 6/3/21 — Natural History Wanderings

From S. F. CNPS Chapter Native Bees are Picky, What you Plant Matters June 3, THURSDAY @ 7:30 pm Speaker: Sam Droege Zoom registration here  The conservation of native bees is the management and conservation of native plants.   Many native bee species (up to 50% in southern California) gather pollen from only one family of plants, […]

Talk: Native Bees are Picky, What you Plant Matters 6/3/21 — Natural History Wanderings

Little Bee-eater — de Wets Wild

Merops pusillus The Little Bee-eater is, at a weight of about 15g and length of around 16cm, the smallest of Africa’s bee-eaters and probably also in the world. Despite their small size they’re excellent at catching the bees, wasps and hornets that make up the bulk of their diet. Seldomly encountered far from water, Little […]

Little Bee-eater — de Wets Wild

This September 2015 video from the USA says about itself: Tell Bayer: Stop Killing Our Bees America’s bees are dying at some of the highest rates ever, struggling to survive a deluge of next-generation pesticides called “neonics” unleashed by multinational chemical giants like Monsanto, Syngenta and Bayer — the world’s largest manufacturer of these bee-killing […]


Apis mellifera Two closely related subspecies of Honey Bee are commonly found in South Africa, the Cape Honey Bee from the Western Cape being more aggressive than the African Honey Bee that occurs from the Karoo northwards to Ethiopia and Sudan (distribution map). They were also imported to Brazil from whence they spread all over […]

via African Honey Bee — de Wets Wild

The Guardian has two articles on how the reducing mowing of verges is helping rare wildflowers and declining bee populations to recover. Projects to reduce grass cutting and increase the diversity of plants and wildlife along Britain’s roads are having dramatic results Read more at On the verge: a quiet roadside revolution is boosting wildflowers […]

via Reduced Mowing Helping UK’s Bees and Rare Wildflowers — Natural History Wanderings