New updates have come to Beescape, an online tool created by a Penn State-led team for assessing the quality of landscapes for supporting bees and other pollinators.

Beescape is a mapping tool that allows users to highlight a particular location or area and get information about the habitat quality for bees. The updates include several changes to make the website more interactive and user-friendly, based on feedback given by stakeholders including growers, beekeepers, scientists and conservationists.

Beescape provides information on the amount of flowering plants available to bees (bees depend on floral nectar and pollen for their food), the available nesting habitat (wild bees nest in the ground, in plant stems or branches, or in cavities in trees), and the amount of crop insecticides being used (insecticides can negative effects on bees).

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