From Minnesota Alumni Magazine Winter 2016

By Meleah Maynard

Construction has begun on the University of Minnesota’s new $6 million, 10,500-square-foot Bee and Pollinator Research Lab, scheduled to open next summer. Here are a few things you might not know about bees and other pollinators:

  • One honeybee produces about 1/12 teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.
  • Around 4,000 species of native bees have been identified in the United States.
  • Most bees don’t sting. Those that do live in colonies; others live in hives, nests in the ground, or tree cavities.
  • Mosquitos sip flower nectar and often transfer pollen.
  • Moths are underappreciated for their night-shift pollination work.
  • Bats often use echolocation to find flowers and are good pollinators.
  • Around 9 percent of birds and mammals, such as hummingbirds and bats, are believed to pollinate plants.


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