About the project
Cro Buzz Klima is a project that investigates wild pollinators of Croatia within the context of adaptation to climate change. The project entails fieldwork to be carried out in five localities across the country in order to collect first standardized data on wild bees and hoverflies of Croatia. In doing so, we will test monitoring methodologies and analyse how climate and other environmental factors influence wild pollinator communities. The results of this project will provide the groundwork needed for effective pollinator conservation planning, through identifying measures for improving their status and increasing their climate resilience.
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The European Red List of Hoverflies, which provides conservation status for European hoverfly species, was published...
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Wild Bees, clade Anthophila, are the most important pollinators globally. They depend exclusively on floral resources – pollen and nectar, and sometimes on floral oils – in all of their life stages, from larva to adult bee.
Due to their abundance, and due to the dependence of adult individuals on nectar and pollen, hoverflies are the second most important group of pollinators in the temperate zone, after bees.
Because pollinator decline can have serious consequences for food safety and the stability of terrestrial ecosystems, pollinators have started to feature in policies, strategic documents, and reports at international, European, and national levels.
Bumblebees and climate
Bumblebees are the best-researched group of bees in Europe. Unfortunately, they are also the most endangered – 45 % of European bumblebee species have a declining population trend. Bumblebees are particularly vulnerable to climate change, as they have low tolerance to heat stress.