1. 2020 started with murder hornets, ends with new species of wild bee

    2020 started with murder hornets, ends with new species of wild bee

    A year that featured murder hornets is ending off with more positive insect news, as a new species of wild bee was discovered right as its natural habitat was being rehabilitated north of Netanya.

     Scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem announced on Tuesday that they had discovered a new species of wild bee while researching the effects of restoration efforts of a rare habitat in the Sharon region on bee populations. The findings were published in November in the scientific journal Belgian Journal of Entomology.

    The researchers say they believe that the species is likely unique to the sands ...

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    1. Beyond the basic importance and the accompanying excitement of identifying new species that we have not yet known, this discovery is also important in the context of application, strengthening our ability to research bee societies and produce meaningful information for pollination and nature conservation services.
    2. We found that there are many significant changes both in the characteristics of the habitat and the food and nesting resources it provides to the bees, and in the bees society itself.
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