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We here at ODP would like to consider ourselves friends of pollinators and we encourage treating them with kindness (as Mayor Pete recently did). This past week at New York Climate Week, I (Miro) had two honeybees land on me in one day without thinking much of it. Then yesterday I had a third honeybee land on me and this time I was stung. The reason I’m telling you this story is that like any good Millennial, I was wearing a leopard print for each of these pollinator encounters and I began to wonder if bees were attracted to my fashion choices? I did a little research and it turns out that the answer may be yes! This is according to Science Daily:
Flower colors that contrast with their background are more important to foraging bees than patterns of colored veins on pale flowers. Bees can identify, and are sometimes attracted to, patterned flowers over plain flowers. These patterns can increase the speed with which bees locate the nectar reward in a flower.
Caveat emptor friends! Trying to be trendy could turn out to bee the wrong choice.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer In the first two months of 2021, more manatees have died than in the first two months of 2020 and 2019 combined, totaling an estimated 350 animals. Despite recently passed protections for Florida’s seagrasses, a crucial part of the ecosystem that supports manatees, the sea cows are starving at higher rates and experts worry this […]
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer As the world warms, it’s not just people who are feeling the heat. Bats are also susceptible to extreme heat, and overheated bat boxes can be “a death trap,” the Guardian reports. In the wild, bats move between rock and tree crevices in search of a perfectly moderated temperature. […]
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer A new report entitled The World’s Forgotten Fishes from the World Wildlife Fund has found that there has been a “catastrophic” decline in freshwater fish, with nearly a third of all freshwater fish species coming perilously close to extinction. The statistics paint a sobering picture: 26% of all critically […]
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