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The pollinators of the world

Explore the pollinators of the world and this module’s topic through writing. In discussion you will share what you have learned.

From the reading materials, you should have a sense of the impact of invasive species on pollinators. Let’s look at some individual examples.

Choose one or more of the stories below about invasive species and pollinators. You may want to think about the discussion prompt on the next page first, so that you can use the research you do here in your discussion posts if you want to. Feel free to seek out other fact-based stories about pollinators that interest you that are associated with invasive species. Our coverage of the world here it probably related to the fact that there are more invaders where there is more global trade, although we are always missing parts of the world in this assignment. Try to travel the world and learn about diverse pollinators by varying your choice for each module’s reflective research.

Reflect on the story and its context. Consider the assigned reading about the impact of invasive species and how countries can prevent their entry or respond to their arrival. In the story you chose, how did the invader arrive, and was there an attempt to prevent it? What kind of impact is the invader having? What type of response is there to the invasion? Is there anything that could be learned from this scenario for future invasions?

Use evidence to support your point of view, and provide at least one citation in addition to the initial article you chose. The citation can be a scientific news article such as from Science News, (Links to an external site.)Science Daily (Links to an external site.), The Conversation (Links to an external site.) or similar sites which are relaying the results of research to the public, original scientific literatureLinks to an external site. including extension (Links to an external site.) publications, grey literatureLinks to an external site. based on science as you can see by sources they use, or other sources endeavoring to be factual. Some news sources can be checked for bias here: https://www.adfontesmedia.com/interactive-media-bias-chart/ (Links to an external site.). YouTube (Links to an external site.) or Vimeo (Links to an external site.) can be great sources for first-person testimony from farmers, beekeepers, and other stakeholders. It can sometimes be really helpful as we work to visualize and understand pollination and agricultural systems in other parts of the world and the context people work in, if you are careful to avoid misinformation. There is a GINORMOUS amount of biased media about honey bees, pollinators, and pesticides, so choose carefully, (Links to an external site.)point out obvious bias, or use it to make a point about bias.

The Snake That Ate Guam’s Birds (Links to an external site.)

Invasive bees (Links to an external site.)

For Want of a Pollinator, a Flower May Be Lost–or a Forest (Links to an external site.)

Domestic cats and their impacts on biodiversity: A blind spot in the application of nature conservation law (Links to an external site.)

Houdini Fly – A new invasive pest threatens Mason Bees (Links to an external site.)

American disease that’s wreaking havoc on the Cape’s honeybee population (Links to an external site.)

Invasive Ants Destroy Plant Sex Lives (Links to an external site.)

International beeswax trade facilitates small hive beetle invasions (Links to an external site.)

Pretty looks can be deceiving (Links to an external site.)

Get to Know Tropilaelaps Mites, Another Serious Parasite of Honey Bees (Links to an external site.)

As hubs for bees, pollinators, flowers may be crucial in disease transmission (Links to an external site.)

Op-ed: Using Commercial Bumble Bees as Pollinators Is Putting Wild Bees at Risk (Links to an external site.)

‘Alien’ plants could pose risk to fruit bats (Links to an external site.)

Bee mite arrival in Hawaii causes pathogen changes in honeybee predators (Links to an external site.)

When dieback kills the banksia, birds disappear (Links to an external site.)

Yellow-faced bees defenseless and vulnerable to predatory ants (Links to an external site.)

‘Trapping just doesn’t cut it’: Native species under threat as rat population explodes (Links to an external site.)

We Can Do Better Than Dandelions (Links to an external site.)

q&a with a kakapo recovery ranger (Links to an external site.)

Africanized Honeybee (Links to an external site.)

Bumble Bees and Bureaucrats (Links to an external site.)

Invasive alien plants in South Africa pose huge risks, but they can be stopped (Links to an external site.)

Asian Giant Hornet (Links to an external site.)

Figs show that nonnative species can invade ecosystems by forming unexpected partnerships (Links to an external site.)

Wave of Hawaiian Bird Extinctions Stresses the Islands’ Conservation Crisis (Links to an external site.)

Foreign bees monopolize Southern California flower resources (Links to an external site.)

Hope for rare species as villagers remove invasive umbrella trees (Links to an external site.)

Bighorn Forest plan for weeds, sagebrush sparks battle (Links to an external site.)

Aussie scientists need your help keeping track of bees (please) (Links to an external site.)

Giant invasive bees could threaten native pollinators (Links to an external site.)

Sri Lanka to ban palm oil imports, raze plantations over environmental concerns (Links to an external site.)

What is the Asian hornet invasion going to cost Europe? (Links to an external site.), Vespa Velutina (Links to an external site.)

Native mason bees declining (Links to an external site.)

Invasive ant ruins gecko’s sweet relationship (Links to an external site.)

This Invasive Species Is Fueling Western Wildfires (Links to an external site.)

Tasmanian Government plan to kill sugar gliders to save swift parrots gets cool reception (Links to an external site.)

From the Field: Insects Behind the Mangrove Invasion (Links to an external site.)

Bee battles: why our native pollinators are losing the war (Links to an external site.)

Parasites fail to halt European bumblebee invasion of the UK (Links to an external site.)

Garlic Mustard Threatens Rare Butterfly (Links to an external site.), West Virginia White Butterfly (Links to an external site.)

Rapid ‘Ohi’a Death Threatens Habitat For Hawai’i’s Forest Birds (Links to an external site.)

Invasive species threatens butterflies and pets (Links to an external site.)

Large African hive beetle (Links to an external site.)

Non-target effects of insect biocontrol agents and trends in host specificity since 1985 (Links to an external site.)

American Bumble Bee Could Be Next on Endangered Species List, And Honey Bees Could Be Part of the Problem (Links to an external site.)

Varroa Mites: New Guide Outlines Integrated Pest Management Options (Links to an external site.)

Invasive Ladybug Carries Fatal Parasite (Links to an external site.)

The endemic skink of Fernando de Noronha (Links to an external site.)