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Plastic Fantastic: Bees Incorporate Waste in Hives

13 February 2014 11:00 am
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Megachile rotundata

Wikimedia Commons/Photo Courtesy USGS Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab

Megachile rotundata

Wild bees are much more resourceful than we thought; they're taking advantage of plastic waste in the environment. Researchers have discovered that two species of leafcutter bees,  Megachile campanulae and Megachile rotundata, are using minute pieces of plastic bags and building materials to construct their nests, the Toronto Star reports. It's unclear why the bees are turning to plastic, but scientists hypothesize that they may simply be using the closest suitable materials to spend less time away from their nests.

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