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Freeloaders Never Miss a Meal

A banded garden spider (Argiope trifasciata) wraps a bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If your dog is well, a little chunky, you're probably accustomed to someone saying "Fido never misses a meal, does he?"  Well, those little freeloader flies never miss a meal, either. They not only never miss a meal, but they're never late for...

Posted on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 7:26 PM

There Is Such a Thing as a Free Lunch

A freeloader fly dines on a bee freshly killed by a garden spider. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

There is such a thing as a free lunch. And a free breakfast. And a free dinner. And a free snack. That is, if you're a freeloader fly. If you've ever watched a spider snare a bee or other insect in its web, and wrap it like a fit-to-be-tied...

Posted on Monday, July 27, 2015 at 8:53 PM

The Peter Pan Bees

Blossom Bound

Peter Pan vowed he'd never grow up. "I won't grow up!" yelled the boy, a figment of a Scottish novelist's imagination. "I won't grow up!" So it is with Peter Pan Agapanthus (Agapanthus africanus), a dwarf...

Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 6:15 PM
Tags: bee (7), funnel (1), Peter Pan Agapanthus (1)

Packing 'n Pressing Pollen

Honey Bee

Quick! How many legs does a honey bee have? If you said "three pairs" or "six legs," you'd bee right. But have you ever noticed the honey bee in flight? The worker bee packs pollen in her pollen baskets or corbiculae, located...

Posted on Friday, June 19, 2009 at 5:09 PM
Tags: bee (7), corbiculae (1), pellets (1), pollen (1), Susan Cobey (2)

The Bee

Queen Bee and Workers

Claire Preston isn't a beekeeper but she's written an informative book titled Bee. Published in 2006 by Reaktion Books, London, it's short, simple and sweet. Especially sweet. Her 10 chapters tantalize...

Posted on Friday, February 20, 2009 at 6:23 PM

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