Crazy Monster Bugs(46min) showing with Forgotten But Not Gone(6min) and Tagging Bumble Bees(6min). Panel to follow presented by National WIldlifeFederation: Missoula's Backyard Bugs.
Forgotten But Not Gone: The Rusty Patched Bumble Bee
In the United States, there are hundreds of species of plants and animals that are at high risk of extinction, but have no federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. They are "Forgotten, But Not Gone." One of these species is the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee (Bombus affinis). This bee has declined more than 90% across its range in the northeastern and midwestern U.S. A combination of habitat loss, agricultural pesticides, and diseases borne by managed commercial bumble bees is likely to blame. Luckily, in late 2016 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed that this species be listed as an Endangered Species, bringing it one step closer to protection. If the bee is listed, it will be the first North American bee species to gain protection under the Endangered Species Act.
Tagging Bumble Bees to Study Their Movements
Are some habitats better for bumble bees than others? Does it depend on the number or type of flowers that are available or some other factor? To answer these questions, Jeremy Hemberger, a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, designed a system for measuring the length of bumble bees’ foraging trips. He attached radio frequency identification tags to several bumblebees in a colony and then set up an array of detectors in their nest to record the bees comings and goings.
Crazy Monster Bugs
There’s an alien world around our feet. Over half a billion years they’ve evolved bizarre behavior, crafty weapons and disgusting habits. We visit the vile, the weird and the small, before we reveal the biggest freak of them all. Flesh-eating venom, skin crawling creeps, and deadly predator swarms will make you squeal in horror-delight. Come meet the Crazy Monster Bugs!