Sugar-poor diets wreak havoc on bumblebee queen’s health: Flower losses due to shrinking habitats and climate change hurt prime pollinators (via ScienceDaily)

A new study shows that without adequate sugar, a bumblebee queen’s fat body, which functions like a human liver, does not correctly produce enzymes required for healthy metabolism and detoxification from pesticides.

Without enough sugar in their diets, bumblebee queens can experience difficulty reproducing and shorter lifespans.

Hollis Woodard, assistant professor of entomology at UCR, has conducted multiple studies showing how loss of plant availability negatively affects the prolific pollinators. Previous research indicates a queen’s diet can impact how quickly her brood develops, or whether she’s able to live through hibernation.

Full article here: ScienceDaily

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