nytimes.com
Insecticide Can Cut Bee Sperm by Nearly 40 Percent, Study Finds
Much of the global food supply requires pollinators like honeybees, and the bees’ decline has concerned scientists for much of the last decade.
By Jonah Engel Bromwich

A new study of male honeybees shows that two insecticides, banned in some European nations but still used in the United States, can significantly reduce the bees’ ability to reproduce.

The study, published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the leading biological research journal of the Royal Society, found that thiamethoxam and clothianidin, two chemicals from the neonicotinoid family of insecticides, reduce living sperm in male honeybees, called drones, by almost 40 percent.

“We’ve been able to show for the first time that neonicotinoid pesticides are capable of having an effect on the male reproductive system,” said Lars Straub, a doctoral student at the University of Bern in Switzerland and the lead author of the study.

The effects of pesticides on honeybee populations are considered one culprit among several factors causing periodic declines.

Neonicotinoids have been shown by other studies to harm the health of individual bees and the reproductive ability of female insects. The new study expanded on the dangers of the pesticides for males, finding that bees subjected to the two chemicals had 39 percent fewer living sperm on average than bees that had not been exposed.

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bees are not constrained by human gender norms. bees actually have three genders: queen, drone and worker. but humans are uncomfortable and get really weird about genders that exist outside the binary, so they decided that the queen is a girl and the drones are boys. the workers are either all girls or all boys depending on who you talk to. the human concept of gender is a very strange thing indeed.

bees are well-known for their love of puns, but it is a lesser known fact that bees are historically behind the popularity of many memes, such as “success kid”, “insanity wolf”, the “tag yourself meme”, the “cinnamon challenge”, the “hamster dance”, and “dat boi”.

it is an even lesser known fact that all of these memes were created as part of a massive conspiracy to coverup a mistake by @area51-official that allowed @alien-unofficial to take over large parts of the internet.

Let’s Talk: Bees and Plants

Let’s Talk: Bees and Plants

I’m delving into the realm of bugs once more, but there’s a solid reason behind this. Bees are lovely creatures, after all- just ask @swarmofbees-official! However, other than being lovely, they also help out plants, which in turn help out us humans! How’s that?

Well, bees help pollinate plants They get the nectar from flowers, but also pick up pollen on their fuzzy bodies, and bring it to OTHER flowers, eventually allowing plants to grow! Without bees, we wouldn’t have a lot of food we do today. 

Unfortunately, bees are slowly dying out. As a major part of our world, that’s not good. There are ways you can help, though. Support local bee farms! No, taking honey from them does not harm. Actually, sometimes bees make too much, so there’s plenty to go around!

Conclusion: Help bees thrive!

ecowatch.com
World's First Urban Bee Highway Helps Save Pollinators
By EcoWatch

I like this! Oslo, Norway…….

In 2015, ByBi, an environmental group based in Oslo, Norway, designed the world’s first urban bee highway—a route filled with green roofs and flowers—that supports bees living in city environments.

One-third of Norway’s 200 wild bee species are endangered. The bee highway works with businesses, schools, organizations and individuals residing in Oslo to build bee-friendly feeding stations and accommodations. The purpose of the project is to connect the green zones in the urban environment, which include flower beds, plant corridors and green roofs. People are encouraged to plant nectar-bearing flowers for bees around the city.

A website was created to let individuals share information on how they want to contribute to the project. The participants, including companies, governmental agencies and individuals, can write about where they are planting flowers, for example. The website also shows the route in which the bees take to travel in Oslo.

According to ByBi, there are also “gray areas” where there are no sources of food for the bees. Individuals are encouraged to plant flowers in these areas.

Those little icons on the map? What do they mean? If you speak Norwegian, you can read this:

And this, I didn’t know. Interesting:

Marie Skjelbred, an amateur beekeeper, explains that one bee produces a spoon of honey. “If we did their job, paid at the minimum wage, a pot of honey would cost US$182,000,” Skjelbred, after calculating the costs, said.

it should be noted that the beehive depicted in “The Bee Movie” is actually a rogue colony that was banned by the international consortium of bees for practicing bee capitalism. the hive was ordered to disband, but instead swarmed, left their original hive, and went into hiding. they are still at large and wanted so they can be prosecuted for their grievous breach of the Bee Anti-Capitalism Treaty of 2000 BCE