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Queen of the Crops

Find Waldo

We often hear of "cream of the crop," but the honey bee is  the "queen of the crops." Honey bees are crucial to California’s $32 billion agriculture industry. They  pollinate more than 90...

Posted on Tuesday, October 7, 2008 at 5:04 PM
Tags: Eric Mussen (244), honey bee (193), major crops (1), pollination (10), pomegranate (5)

What's for Dinner?


The praying mantis isn't at all concerned about culinary choices. It doesn't worry about who's coming to dinner, only that dinner will come. This aggressive, predatory insect will eat just about anything it can get its claws on, entomologists agree....

Posted on Monday, October 6, 2008 at 2:48 PM

The Secret's Out

Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility

The secret's out. Or, rather, the secret's in.  Inside. A number of years ago, UC Davis entomologist Diane Ullman created a ceramic sign outside the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, located on Bee Biology Road, west of the UC...

Posted on Friday, October 3, 2008 at 6:25 PM

The Bee and the Fly

A bee meets a fly

UC Davis forensic entomologist Robert Kimsey is a genius, to be sure. Show him a fly and he'll tell you exactly what it is and what it's all about. I shot this photo at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis. The honey bee...

Posted on Thursday, October 2, 2008 at 12:39 PM

What Price Pollination?

Silver wings

What are insect pollinators worth to the global economy? Well, it's a lot less than the Wall Street plan. Recent research published in the journal Ecological Economics  reveals just how important insect...

Posted on Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 11:43 AM
Tags: almonds (20), economy (1), honey bee (193), pollination (10), price of pollination (1)

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