Archive for October, 2011

Farmers nationwide plant bee-friendly habitat to attract native pollinators, bolster honeybees

Published on October 21, 2011

By: Associated Press, The Washington Post

Dozens of farmers in California and other states have started replacing some of their crops with flowers and shrubs that are enticing to bees, hoping to lower their pollination costs and restore a bee population devastated in the past few years.

Where Is the Love for Bugs?

Published on October 13, 2011

By: Rachel Nuwer, The New York Times

“If human beings were to disappear tomorrow, the world would go on with little change,” the biologist E.O. Wilson once wrote. But if invertebrates were to vanish, he said, “I doubt that the human species could last more than a few months.”

On the Trail of the Black Petaltail

Published on October 10, 2011

By: Daniel Newberry, Jefferson Public Radio

The state of Jefferson is home to one of the oldest species on earth, yet relatively little is known about it. The black petaltail dragonfly (Tanypteryx hageni) is a member of a dragonfly family that predated the dinosaurs.