Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A bit of good news for a change!

It’s always nice to hear some good news. So here is some of the bee kind!  An entomologist  in the UK has recently found a species of bee that was been thought to be extinct in Britain. The bee, Halictus Eurygnathus, was last seen in 1946. And it was found on chalk downland just down the road from my stamping ground back home!

The downside to this story is that another bee (a mining bee, Andrena Hattorfiana) is suffering from habitat loss in the same area.  But things can be done to help, like leaving wildflower margins in arable fields.  I hope this particular lesson is rolled out to the mid-west!