Plastic Hive

Scientists in Argentina say they have found a wild bee nest made of plastic debris. Mariana Allasino, of the National Agricultural Technology Institute, made the discovery after examining nests at the edges of crops in San Juan province.

One of the nests she and colleagues encountered had been built with bits of blue strips the consistency of plastic shopping bags, along with thicker pieces of other plastic material.

Experts fear the plastic lining of the nest cells could harm the bees by trapping moisture and harboring disease-causing organisms. Others say somewhat disingenuously that the nest indicates that bees can adapt to human influences on their habitats by making use of our rubbish.

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