Bees in insect hotel, video


This video from the Netherlands says about itself (translated):

May 2, 2016

Ton Esmeijer made an insect hotel where builder bees lay their eggs. They close the stem openings with a mixture of sand and saliva.

Mining bee video


This Dutch video is about Andrena vaga mining bees.

Andrena vaga are solitary bees. However, they make their nests close to each other.

This video is from North Brabant province in the Netherlands.

Bee pulls nail out of wall, video


This 27 April 2016 video is called A solitary mason bee pulling a nail out of a hole in the wall! Incredible.

Andrena clarkella bees, video


This Dutch video says about itself (translated):

April 11th 2016

The Andrena clarkella mining bee nests in the ground. The female makes in the sand a long corridor with a few brood cells for the eggs. A male Andrena clarkella mining bee can be seen top left of the screen. Filmed by Everdien van der Bijl.

Bumblebee in crocus flower, video


This video shows a large earth bumblebee in a crocus flower.

Tineke Niesten in the Netherlands made this video.

Bee pollinates orchid, video


Jean Claessens, the maker of this video, writes about it:

In Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany) I had the chance to observe the pollination of the orchid Spiranthes spiralis by a small solitary bee, Halictus simplex. This bee has an ingenious, articulated tongue that enables this small bee to reach the nectar hidden in the flower of Spiranthes spiralis.

Wild bees in the USA, new research


This video from England says about itself:

Three quick visits to a wild bees‘ nest, ‘discovered’ in Wicken Fen during 2011.

From on Earth magazine in the USA:

Where the Wild Stings Are

For the first time, researchers have mapped wild bee habitat across the United States.

BY Clara Chaisson

30 December 2015

Back in 2014, President Obama released a memorandum calling for assessments of native pollinators and their habitats. “Over the past few decades, there has been a significant loss of pollinators, including honeybees, native bees, birds, bats, and butterflies, from the environment,” the president wrote. “The problem is serious and requires immediate attention.” Researchers rose to the occasion, and now, for the first time, we have a map of wild bee habitat across the Lower 48.

We also now have even more reason to worry. Along with the wild bees’ whereabouts, the researchers mapped their declines, finding that populations dropped a stinging 23 percent between 2008 and 2013. Some of the biggest regions of loss were agricultural hot spots like California, the Pacific Northwest, the upper Midwest and Great Plains, western Texas, and the southern Mississippi River valley. Even worse, many of the key crops in these areas, such as pumpkins, peaches, apples, and blueberries, need wild pollinators in order to be their most fruitful.

With more than $3 billion of the U.S. agricultural economy relying on the busywork of native pollinators, we can’t afford to let our bees continue to buzz off.