GREAT LAKES, GREAT BEES

Michigan State University, Department of Entomology

This blog is dedicated to the amazingly diverse Michigan bees. Learn about past, current and future research projects related to both managed and wild bees. 

 

This blog is written and curated by members of the Isaacs Lab at Michigan State University. 

 

This post was originally published on the pollinators.msu.edu website: https://pollinators.msu.edu/resources/beekeepers/shouldyoukeepbees/

In Michigan, we have a lovely rare bird called the Kirtland Warbler.  It used to be endangered, but with decades of habitat restora...

How you can help researchers understand where bumble bees spend the cold months

Bumble bees are an important group of pollinating insects for Michigan agriculture. Bumble bees’ quintessential large, fluffy bodies help them tolerate the chill of Michigan’s spring season...

December 19, 2018

Why protect wild bees in Michigan?

Michigan has an extraordinary 465 known species of bees. All of these bees play different roles in our ecosystem, including pollination of wildflowers and crops! We can thank Michigan’s bees for pollinating crops such as apples, bluebe...

December 18, 2017

Dr. Rufus Isaacs (Dept. of Entomology, Michigan State University) and collaborators are currently working on a USDA-NIFA funded project investigating pollinator health in Michigan. This project came about because of increasing concern over documented declines in honey...

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