Native bees are in peril, too

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Thu, May 28, 2015 - 12:38pm -- (View the original The Dallas Morning News article.)

The Dallas Morning News

Most people have a strong image of bees: small, round, yellow, fuzzy bodies with black stripes. They live in hives, make honey and sting if you rile them. That’s only part of the picture.

Think, instead, of metallic blue bees with nests in the ground and delivering practically no sting. Or leaf-cutter bees that chew perfect half-moons out of healthy rose leaves.

Jessica Beckham, a doctoral candidate at the University of North Texas, has tracked bumblebees through 16 North Texas counties.


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