Bees and Wasps
Roads can be barriers to wildlife of all sorts. But much less is known about the impact of roads on pollinating insects such as bees and to what extent these structures disrupt insect pollination, which is essential to reproduction in many plant species. Read what the researchers found.
Wasps are valuable for ecosystems, economy and human health(just like bees). Read about their role here and here.
Saving the Eastern Monarch Butterfly
Researchers are playing a key role in guiding conservation efforts to protect a declining butterfly population. The eastern monarch butterfly, an important pollinating species known for its distinct yellow-orange and black color, is diminishing due to the loss of the milkweed plant--its primary food source.
Read a summary here and the full research here.
Hope for Western Monarchs
A count of the Western Monarch butterfly population last winter saw a staggering drop in numbers, but there are hopeful signs the beautiful pollinators are adapting to a changing climate and ecology.
Read about it here.