What about the seasons and the bees? All of us must have noticed that our seasons are changing and I bet many have wondered just how the plants and insect pollinators are reacting to this. Well a small piece of research shows us that so far everything has kept up but whether this will continue is still an unknown.
An analysis of bee collection data over the past 130 years shows that spring arrives about 10 days earlier than in the 1880s, and bees and flowering plants have kept pace by arriving earlier in lock-step. The study also found that most of this shift has occurred since 1970, when the change in mean annual temperature has increased most rapidly, according to Bryan Danforth, Cornell professor of entomology, who co-authored a study published the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Dec. 5, 2011.) “It’s an illustration of how valuable our natural history collections are at Cornell, even if you don’t know in advance how these collections might be used,” says Danforth. Lead author Ignasi Bartomeus and senior author Rachael Winfree are both entomologists at Rutgers University.
Although the triggers for bee spring emergence are unknown, bees may simply be cued to emerge when temperatures rise above a threshold over a number of days, but “if climate change accelerates the way it is expected to, we don’t know if bees will continue to keep up,” says Danforth.
Source: The above article is reprinted from materials provided by Cornell University
Reference: I. Bartomeus, J. S. Ascher, D. Wagner, B. N. Danforth, S. Colla, S. Kornbluth, R. Winfree. Climate-associated phenological advances in bee pollinators and bee-pollinated plants. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2011; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1115559108
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