Bee’s Surpirsing Resourcefullness

Plastics finding their ways into ecosystems is a growing global problem. Increasing human usage of plastic products and irresponsible disposal practices puts many animals in harm’s way, as they are not biodegradable and consumption of plastic objects is often times fatal. However, a new study has found that urban bees have found a way to utilize the plastics found in their environments. A study conducted by the University of Guelph, found that urban bees have begun using discarded plastics, such as disposable plastic bags, to build their nests and that some colonies utilize building materials such as caulk and sealants in place of normal plant resins. Surprisingly, no ill effects to the bees have been reported. While the findings are encouraging in that they showcase nature’s adaptability, they are alarming in that they bring to light the extent of human influences on urban ecosystems.

Urban Bees Start Using Plastic Waste to Build Hives


2 thoughts on “Bee’s Surpirsing Resourcefullness”

  1. It’s amazing how fast animals can adapt to the pollution around them.This is very similar to the article I covered about killifish. They adapted biochemically to handle the plastic around them, while these bees changed their habitat.

  2. If the plastics are killing parasites within the cells, what are they doing to the bee larvae? It is well known that the plastic linings of food cans and the use of plastic bottles is having a measurable effect on human health and the incidence of cancers. So what is this material now ubiquitous in our environment doing to the natural world?

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