From: Yale Environment 360
Published July 6, 2017 05:25 PM

Global Warming May Cause Bees to Mistime Spring Emergence, Missing Their Food Supply

If it’s all in the timing, then climate change may spell problems for bees. Scientists have found that global warming may cause temporal mismatches between bees and the plant species on which they depend for food.

German researchers from the University of Würzburg, reporting in the Journal of Animal Biology, investigated three different species of bees that hatch in the spring. They set up 36 flight cages, which allowed them to time the emergence of the bees so it was simultaneous with the flowering of plants in the cage or occurred three or six days prior to flowering. 

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Photo: Red mason bee, one of the species researchers studied. Credit: Mariela Schenk

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