With all the buzz about European honey bees declining rapidly, it’s easy to forget hundreds of North American bee species need your help. They face threats such as a loss of native plants from which many obtain pollen. You can assist these useful insects by providing nesting sites.
Viewer Tip: A native bee home can be a block of non-chemically treated wood with holes drilled into it about two inches deep. Many native bees don’t form colonies and a single hole provides a home. Varying the diameter of the holes attracts different species. Alternatively, tie a number of soda straws together. Hang either the block or the straws from a tree or other object about eight feet up. It’s easiest to distinguish native from European honey bees by learning to recognize the latter: European honey bees are usually larger and dull orange with brown bands on their abdomens.
Learn more about benefits native bees offer and native plants used by native bees at www.wildflower.org/collections/collection.php?collection=xerces_native (select your state on the right).
This information is provided by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Learn more at www.wildflower.org.
Increases in temperature may cause localized increases in the amount of toxic mercury introduced into ecosystems, impacting wildlife and eventually the food chain.
A new surge of warm air will trigger another round of severe thunderstorms in parts of the eastern United States Wednesday and Wednesday night.
Unsettled weather will continue through midweek as showers dampen much of Germany.
Spring will get off to a slow start over much of northern Asia and in part of the Middle East, while more typical conditions are in store for most areas farther to the south and east.
After record warmth baked the eastern U.S. during the last full week of February, winter will seek its revenge during the first week of March.
Prior to midweek, severe thunderstorms with isolated tornadoes, damaging winds, downpours and hail will threaten areas from Indiana to Texas.
Millions travel to Washington, D.C., each year to catch a glimpse of the magnificent pink blossoms.