Dr. Rosemary Malfi

Title: “What’s bugging the bees?”

Blurb: What makes a bee healthy or unhealthy? A bee’s environment can have major effects on its health and the well-being of the entire colony. Join us as we discuss the buzz on bees  with Dr. Rosemary Malfi. Learn how a bee’s diet, as well as parasites and pathogens, can affect the health of its colony and how different landscapes affect bumble bees.

Dr. Rosemary Malfi is a post-doc in Dr. Lynn Alder’s lab at UMass. She has worked on how food environment and parasites influence bumble bee populations as well as how time-related patterns of floral resource availability influences the composition of bumble bee populations. At UMass she is leading a project investigating if sunflower plantings can mitigate disease and improve colony health in bumble bees.

If you missed the café and are curious about what all the buzz is about-don’t worry you won’t need to bumble about trying to find it! Below is a video of the entire café. It’s the bee’s knees!

We had a lot of great questions during the café that brought up some resources we would like to share with everyone.

What effect does Copper Sulfide and other pesticides have on bees?

How can we help Pollinators?

How you can help pollinators:
Plant flowers! (natives are best)
Make sure they are free of pesticides
Mow your lawn less often to allow wildflowers (e.g. clover) to grow. Every 2-3 weeks is recommended
Bee-friendly farming practices
support conservation organizations like the Xerces Society, which will work to promote pollinator health 
Links to Xerces Society, UMass extension, and western mass pollinator network are below the image

How can I safely get rid of carpenter bees without using dangerous chemicals?