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Bees turn to polystyrene for nesting places

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New Curtin University research has found that polystyrene can serve as a nesting place for native bees, which are able to exploit the man-made material for their own benefit.

The study, published today in peer-reviewed journal Apidologie, observed a species of solitary cavity-nesting bee native to southwest Western Australia and found they nested en masse in polystyrene over successive generations.

Study author PhD student Kit Prendergast, from Curtin’s School of Molecular and Life Sciences, said the study was the first time a species of the worldwide bee family, Colletidae, was observed to nest in polystyrene.

https://research.curtin.edu.au/story/curtin-study-finds-native-bees-turning-to-polystyrene-for-nesting-places/

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Piney

That's not good. There will be dangerous contaminants in the honey. 

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Not A Rockstar
55 minutes ago, Piney said:

That's not good. There will be dangerous contaminants in the honey. 

This is a wild sort, a pollinator, not the honey bee. In many ways, that type has more risk of extinction since we don't think of them but they also do a hefty percentage of pollination. Most probably think of them as wasps and smack them if they see them :( 

I wondered, coz plastics have been used with honey bees in one form or other for some time. It is great to help the wild types with nesting places the way we are spreading until the next mass die off for us. 

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OverSword

is that the same thing as Styrofoam?

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Not A Rockstar
1 hour ago, OverSword said:

is that the same thing as Styrofoam?

yep. Styrofoam is a trademark name by Dow for an insulation material made with poly, though we have come to use the word for everything else too made with poly. It can be firm like food containers or foamy like the stuff coffee cups are made of.

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