Somehow I missed this–Dennis was at TED last year!  He discusses honey bees, native bees, and some of the evidence for CCD and native bee declines.  I love his slogan of “Make Meadows, Not Lawns.”

Sadly, the comments on this post seem to be people who would rather have a conspiracy (“Monsanto! Pesticides! Microwaves!”) than actual evidence.  Very sad that in 2009 people are still hanging on to ideas that have been discredited.

There is an additional TED insect talk on ants featuring Debrah Gordon.

Yay to TED connecting to nature! And thanks to for the tip!

Posted by Gwen Pearson

Writer. Nerd. Insect Evangelist. Have you heard the good news? BUGS!


  1. Thanks for the tip Bug Girl!

  2. River Schmidt June 16, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Hey I live in California. If we planted 5 acres of California poppy in Lancaster, CA I imagine there would be a lot of bees collecting nectar there. Who are the natural preditors of bees? And how do bees poop? Do they leave their fecal matter in the meadow or in the hive? Thank you.

  3. I’m assuming you mean honeybees. Honeybees are extremely tidy. All poop is removed outside the hive (as well as dead bodies and other waste).

    There are no ‘natural’ predators of honeybees, since they are an introduced species in the US. There are a whole host of parasites and predators that are happy to munch them, though.

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