From the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab’s Flickr page come these amazing photos of bees’ heads. Photographed by Sam Droege, these photos offer a glimpse into the micro world of bees that most never see.
Ed note: This new sperm bank for honey bees could help fight colony collapse disorder.
Just some unbeelievable photography.
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"Honeybees aren’t all they’re cracked up to be."
Wild bees may be just the solution that farmers are looking for as they struggle to come with the continued die-offs among domestic reserves.
In fact, farmers may have been completely wrong about bees for years. Said Rachael Winfree, a pollination ecologist at Rutgers University:
"At 90% of farms studied in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, native wild bees are fully pollinating the watermelon crop. But farmers don’t realize this. "They’re thinking they need them but they don’t."
Read more about the possible bee fix, and why honeybees may be totally overrated, here.
Photo: Rufus Isaacs