The bee that lives on a volcano!

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.

Here’s a link to the story.

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!

 

 

 

Advertisements

2 Comments

Filed under Bees, Biodiversity, Evolution, University of Northampton

2 responses to “The bee that lives on a volcano!

  1. Amazing stuff. Hope the bees will survive their hot home for a good while yet.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Steve Hawkins

    Tawny Mining Bees used to leave chalky volcanoes all over the garden and patio, every Spring. 🙂 Seemed to particularly like the cracks in the crazy paving, which was solid chalk underneath. Amazing how many little ‘volcanoes’ there were each Spring, and then no sign of the bees again till the next.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s