GLOBAL NEWS | Entomologists fear urban beekeeping could be putting wild bees at risk

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Published: 10Jun2019

Some entomologists are sounding the alarm that native bees could be in danger of being wiped out, because of the popularity of urban beekeeping.

“The danger is that we’re probably losing species and don’t even know it,” says Gail MacInnis, a PhD entomology candidate at McGill University.  Something needs to be done, she says, to control the number of honeybees being raised.

She says the honeybees were brought from Europe and are an invasive species in Canada.  There are 800 species of wild bees in the country with about 177 counted in Montreal seven years ago. 

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