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Eristalis tenax, the most photographed “bee” in America

As you might imagine, I read bee-related articles constantly. I find them in magazines, newspapers, journals, websites, presentations, and everywhere else you can image. Usually, these articles include photos, and this is where the common drone fly, Eristalis tenax, has made its mark. On countless occasions I have written to a publisher and said, “Nice […] Read more

Winter aconite attracts pollinators

Winter aconite, a tuber-producing plant in the buttercup family, is cherished by pollinators because it is one of the first flowers of spring. It will often pop through the snow ahead of the crocus and the cheery yellow blooms are a welcome addition to the dormant landscape. Native to Europe and Asia, winter aconite (Eranthis […] Read more