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  • Spring forest flowers likely a key to bumble bee survival, Illinois study finds

    Photo of rusty patched bumble bee on a bee balm flower.

    The timing of floral resources complicates life for the rusty patched bumble bee, Bombus affinis, a new study finds. This bee is foraging on the flower of the bee balm, of the genus Monarda.

    Photo courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

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    Editor’s notes

    To reach John Mola, email jmola@usgs.gov.
    To reach David Zaya, email dzaya1@illinois.edu.

    The paper “Long-term surveys support declines in early-season forest plants used by bumble bees” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau.

    DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.13886

    Michael Jeffords and Susan Post are wildlife photographers and research affiliates of the Illinois Natural History Survey at the Prairie Research Institute of the U. of I. Their photographs are available here.