The latest challenge for pollinators: wind
Bees and other flying pollinators may struggle on windier days caused by a result of global warming, a study finds. In a controlled experiment conducted at the University of Sussex, bees were documented pollinating artificial flowers with sugar feeders at fan speeds which mimicked calm and windy days. In a non-windy setting, the bees took nectar from an average of 5.45 flowers during a 90-second time trial. When the wind increased, this fell to an average of 3.73 flowers, The Guardian reports. Pollinators currently face many struggles such as habitat loss and exposure to pesticides; do they really need to deal with this, too?