Nature can adapt to even the most unpromising and uncompromising of physical environments, from deep oceans to arid deserts. And now we have a bee that lives in close proximity to an active volcano! The work is by one of my former PhD students, Dr Hilary Erenler (who is still a Visiting Researcher at the University of Northampton), and is featured in a big news story in the journal Science.
The full reference for the study, with a link to the journal, is:
Hilary E. Erenler, Michael C. Orr, Michael P. Gillman, Bethan R. B. Parkes, Hazel Rymer and Jean-Michel Maes (2016) Persistent nesting by Anthophora Latreille, 1803 (Hymenoptera: Apidae) bees in ash adjacent to an active volcano. Pan-Pacific Entomologist 92:67-78.
Well done Hils, it’s a great study!