Pollinators in Peril:
Testing how honey bees avoid predators
Why are species disappearing? How can we save species? How can we use science to better our world?
Bees are a main pollinator for flowering plants in many ecosystems. They are responsible for pollinating much of the food that we eat and many of the plants important to maintaining healthy ecosystems. Recently, there has been a significant decline in the number of honey bees and many species of native bees. One of the factors that may be affecting bee populations is predators. Yet little is known about how predators capture bees, or how bees avoid predators. You will design experiments to test bees’ reactions to predators. This important research will be used by scientists, such as Dr. Eben Goodale and Dr. James Nieh, to better understand bees and their decline. You can help reverse bee colony collapse.
Scientific paper that summarizes your experiment and results
PowerPoint presentation to the UCSD Nieh Lab scientists summarizing your experiment and results
Examples of Student Work:
Video of the presentations
The Effect of Spider Webs on Apis mellifera Feeding Behavior by Ambar Avila
The Effects of Acantholycosa on Apis mellifera Feeding Behavior by Jack Davis
Documents Made for Presentations at Farmers Market and School Exhibition
Brochure on Pollinators in Peril Project
Brochure on Mason Bees
Brochure on How to Attract Bees