What species of native pollinators occur along the Front Range of Colorado? What determines the occurance of these species?
With reports of serious declines in native pollinator populations around the world, researchers from the University of Colorado are interested in learning more about the status of native bees along the Colorado Front Range. The first step in understanding the status of our native pollinators is surveying which species we currently have. From this information we can then investigate the factors that determine why they live in some places and not others. Are these factors due to landscape or local variables, such as urbanization and agriculture or flower gardens and bird feeders?
Do honey bee "fanners" communicate in groups? If so, how do they communicate?
This behavioral study looks at the act of "fanning" within honey bee colonies. Fanning is a common group behavior with the purpose of cooling the hive. Fanners will group outside the entrance of the hive fanning their wings in order to lower the internal tempature of the hive. Because this behavior has been observed in groups, Chelsea Cook is trying to determine whether these bees are communicating, and if so, how they are communicating.