Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Are honeybees killing wild bees?

I'm sure you've heard that our pollinators are in trouble. Whether it's birds, bees, or butterflies, the development and destruction of natural habitat is causing big problems. Honeybees have hogged a lot of the attention, partly because of the mysterious cause(s) of colony collapse disorder, but also because of the importance of honeybees to industrialized food production. However, a recent review published in the International Journal for Parasitology highlights the harm that managed bees can inflict on our native bee populations, especially when they carry disease.