"Omigosh, what's that? A gray hairstreak?" If it's in your hair, you consult a mirror, your favorite salon, or just ignore it. If you're an entomologist or a lepidopterist, a gray...
The gray hairstreak butterfly
Tail of the butterfly
Eye to eye with a butterfly
Build it and they will come. Baseball’s “Field of Dreams?” No, a bee nesting block. Think "bee condo."...
We've all heard of the cuckoo clock. And most of us have heard of the cuckoo bird (Cuculus canorus), which lays its eggs in the nest of birds of other species. But the cuckoo bee? Yes,...
Robber at work. No, this isn't a bank heist or a gas station hold-up or a home invasion. A carpenter bee is slitting the sides of salvia (sage) to steal the nectar. Floral larceny! Book 'em,...
Carpenter bee robbing nectar
It's a mighty mite and it's causing beekeepers fits. The varroa mite (see photo below) is an external parasite that attacks honey bees. It sucks blood from the adults (apparently preferring drones,...
Mite on drone
Eric Mussen with panel of bees