Radio New Zealand: Visiting scientists busy as bees in NZ

Radio New Zealand reports that British conservationists will be spending part of our spring catching short-haired bumblebees so that the bees can be reintroduced to their native habitat: British wildflower meadows.

An excerpt: (read in full here)

“Researchers will collect queen bees when they come out of hibernation in the South Island in November, captive rear them and send the next generation to Britain to be released next June.

“The move is possible after experts discovered that the secret to successful captive breeding of the bee lies in knowing what it likes to eat – fresh pollen every day.”