A very interesting thing has happened this week*! Cheerios, a cereal maker if you weren’t familiar, has started a new “conservation” initiative to “save the bees”! My liberal usage of quotation marks demonstrates how mixed my feelings are on this effort. I find it fascinating. Of course, it has generated a huge controversy in my […]
Here’s this blister beetle covered in pollen on the Solidago (goldenrod)… I’m starting to think anything might be a pollinator. But, of course, bees are the best pollinators.
Classic! Shiny Green Beeeeeesssss The flowers of Carduus nutans are big enough to share. Soldier beetles and bumblebee queens exist in harmony I don’t know what that thing is on the back of her wings… Bees bees bees
OMG just found a cool TED talk on some of the more charismatic aspects of my research…I’m really enjoying Dr. Valdovinos’ research right now: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-bees-help-plants-have-sex-fernanda-s-valdovinos Great post on Agroecology by Manu Saunders: https://ecologyisnotadirtyword.com/2016/05/27/nature-food-and-people-theres-no-magic-bean-for-sustainable-agriculture/ Everyone has been sharing this graphic of spiraling climate warming, but if you haven’t seen it, it’s good: Made up animals? Shame […]
I’ve told the story before about how I got into studying pollinators (you can read that here). I did a large, two year field study where I manipulated the presence or absence of a single plant species in a community of flowering plants and then I recorded the response of the insect community. After collecting […]
*Update! My taxonomist friend says this is likely Andrena mandibularis or another bee of the subgenus Andrena for those who are curious! Double Update! I’m using crappy hotel wifi, so I’m having trouble getting the images to show, my apologies if they’re not showing up on your screen. I’ll see what I can do to […]
Welcome to my mature science blog. This paper just came out yesterday (or I just found it yesterday) on the microbial communities of flower surfaces. Apparently, when an insect visits a flower, it changes the community of microbes on the surface of the flower. There are a couple of really cool implications of this. The […]