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Tag Archives: Bees
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
Posted in Behavior, Ecology, Pollination Tagged Agriculture, Bees, Beneficial Insects, Leafcutter bees, Megachilidae, Pollination, Pollinator Biology, Pollinators 1 Comment
If I am allergic to honeybees, am I also allergic to other bees?
Post written by Joe Ballenger Does the allergy to honeybee stings carry over to other bees like the bumblebees and carpenter bees? Allergies are very complicated, but they also effect a lot of people. So this is a topic … Continue reading
Posted in Chemistry, Physiology Tagged Allergy, Antibodies, Bees, Beneficial Insects, venom, Wasps 1 Comment
How can you tell how old a caterpillar is?
Written by Joe Ballenger For the final entry of the year, I decided to tackle a question that is something that I have a lot of experience with, but one is also really challenging to answer at the same time. … Continue reading
Posted in Developmental Biology, Physiology Tagged Bees, Butterflies, Butterflies and Moths, Development, Physiology 1 Comment
Please stop sharing the ‘wasps are jerks’ memes.
I really try not to use this blog to jump on the soap-box too often but for some reason the internet has decided that wasps are the Martin Shkrelis of the insect world, and I think this needs to stop. … Continue reading
Posted in Education Tagged Agriculture, Bees, Beneficial Insects, Biocontrol, Wasps 26 Comments
Why can’t male bees (or wasps) sting?
@BugQuestions I heard male bees don’t have stingers. Is that true of all bees or just some species? — Kristen Bower (@krbower) September 6, 2015 This question came to us over Twitter, and given my recent post about bee genetics … Continue reading
Posted in Developmental Biology, Evolution, Physiology Tagged Bees, Beneficial Insects, Defenses, Human Evolution, Hymenoptera, Sexual Dimorphism, Wasps 3 Comments
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
Posted in Behavior, Chemistry, Ecology, Evolution, Physiology, Pollination, Research, Taxonomy Tagged ants, Bees, Beneficial Insects, Biochemistry 8 Comments
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
Posted in Chemistry, Developmental Biology, Evolution, Physiology, Pollination Tagged Agriculture, Bees, Beneficial Insects, Biochemistry 7 Comments
Is That Bug a Boy or a Girl?
Written by Nancy Miorelli Lots of people are curious and want to know if the animal they’re looking at is a boy a girl. You can’t tell the difference with every animal just by looking at it. If you can … Continue reading
Posted in Ecology Tagged Bees, Beetles, Butterfly, Kids Questions, Ovipositor, Sexual Dimorphism, Size 13 Comments
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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