Category Archives: Pollination

Bees carrying leaves? What’s up with that?

Written by Joe Ballenger Your Name: Clark Your Bug Question: I noticed a small flying insect about the size of a honey bee, fuzzy, all black flying around with a small leaf in its legs. It flew down between some … Continue reading

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What are carpet beetles doing on my cilantro?

Written by Joe Ballenger Dear Entomologist, Could you please help with a bug question. I found many small bugs on my cilantro flowers which look like carpet beetles. Should I be worried about them in my vegetable garden and or … Continue reading

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Do wasps bite, and does their saliva have any defensive properties?

Today’s question comes to us from a friend of mine, through a conversation on FB instant messenger. Wasps are a huge group, and at least 150,000 types of bees, wasps and ants have been described by scientists. Despite the fact … Continue reading

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Honeybee genetics: how do they work?

Your Name: Farhad Your Bug Question: Hello. I read in a book that worker bees are clones. But how this can happen? Can you explain? Tonight’s question comes from Farhad, who emailed us and asked how bees can be clones. … Continue reading

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Colony Collapse Disorder.

Written by Joe Ballenger Today’s post is a little bit different than our other posts, mostly because we’re doing it on a podcast instead of text. A few months ago, we got a question from Peter Bryant of the Mythwits … Continue reading

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Gardening and Beneficial Insects

Written by Nancy Miorelli Spring’s right around the corner! Well, for those of us who aren’t heaped under mountains of snow. To kickstart spring, this month we’re going to post all about mantises! So shoot us your questions! Some of … Continue reading

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The Budding Relationship of a Midge and the Chocolate Flower

Written by Nancy Miorelli Short answer – Yes, ¬†but it’s impressive the system works at all. Where Does Chocolate Grow? Chocolate, or the Cacao plant (Theobroma cacao)¬†grows all over the world but mainly in the tropical regions. Chocolate is grown … Continue reading

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