This video from Panama says about itself:
From Associated Press:
USU scientist discovers 2 bee species
April 19th, 2010
Biologist and postdoctoral fellow David Tanner discovered the insects in the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge about 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas. Tanner and two graduate students were collecting data for a study on the relationship between pollinators and rare desert plants when they stumbled on the discovery.
Both of the new species are distinct forms of the genus Perdita, Tanner said. The species have not yet been named, but Tanner hopes to have a hand in the process, along with Terry Griswold, a research entomologist and adjunct assistant professor in USU’s biology department.
A lab operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Logan has confirmed the find.
Stumbling onto a species that was new to science was a thrill that Tanner said “made him feel like a child again.”
The discovery wasn’t completely unexpected. Desert areas like Ash Meadows have some of the greatest biodiversity of bees in the world, Tanner said. The correlation isn’t fully understood by scientists, but could be related to the dry desert soils, he said. Tanner said the refuge could hold other unknown species.
Bee populations, including honeybees and wild species, are in decline worldwide. And while there is no complete explanation for the losses, Tanner said climate change and the loss of habitat are contributing factors.
“It’s doubtful that any other species could replace honeybees, but it would be beneficial to have alternative, supplemental pollinators,” he said. “Further study is needed to determine which species could serve in this role and that’s one reason why identification and conservation of all bees is important.”
18% decline in bees in UK in 1 year: here.
An “island” of honey bees has been found, isolated in the desert for the last 10,000 years: here.
Tourists are not the only ones swarming down the Champs-Elysees and through the Luxembourg gardens this summer. Thanks to a renewed interest in apiaries, Paris is fast becoming the urban bee-keeping capital of the world: here.
Fortune: What a scientist didn’t tell the New York Times about his study on bee deaths: here.
Unlike us, honeybees naturally make ‘quick switch’ in their biological clocks, researcher finds: here.
More bee species dying off: here.