CUIC bee specimens

May 28th, 2013

A recently published report in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences provides an analysis of historical trends in eastern North American bees. CUIC bee specimens were key to documenting historical trends over the past 140 years. While some bee species (mostly bumblebees) show significant declines, most bee species appear to be stable.

Full reference: Bartomeus, I., J.S. Ascher, J. Gibbs, B.N. Danforth, D.L. Wagner, S.M. Hedtke, and R. Winfree (2013). Historical changes in northeastern United States bee pollinators related to shared ecological traits. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. (USA) 110(12): 4656-4660