Wednesday, 29 August 2018

The more pesticides bees eat, the more they like them


PHYS  ORG
Bumblebees forage on organic chives.
Another PinP photo.
Bumblebees acquire a taste for pesticide-laced food as they become more exposed to it, a behaviour showing possible symptoms of addiction. More here.



How does agriculture affect vulnerable insect-eating birds?

The American Ornithological Society
A tree swallow. A PinP photo.
Aerial insectivores--birds that hunt for insect prey on the wing--are declining across North America as agricultural intensification leads to diminishing insect abundance and diversity in many areas. A new study from The Condor: Ornithological Applications looks at how Tree Swallows' diets are affected by agriculture and finds that while birds living in cropland can still find their preferred prey, they may be working harder to get it. More here.