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.