Kit Prendergast

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BeautifulNativePlants: Insects are a Weighty Matter

BeautifulNativePlants: Insects are a Weighty Matter

A black-tailed bumble bee heading for jade blossoms in the Benicia (Calif.) Capitol State Historic Park, Solano County, on Christmas Day, 2013. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A black-tailed bumble bee heading for jade blossoms in the Benicia (Calif.) Capitol State Historic Park, Solano County, on Christmas Day, (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A black-tailed bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, peers at the photographer. This one buzzed into Robbin Thorp's office at UC Davis on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A black-tailed bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, peers at the photographer. This one buzzed into Robbin Thorp's office at UC Davis on Valentine's Day, Feb. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Devil Ark's Christmas Appeal 🎄🎅🎁 - kitprendergast21@gmail.com - Gmail

Devil Ark's Christmas Appeal 🎄🎅🎁 - kitprendergast21@gmail.com - Gmail

Mating pair of the Perplexing Bumble Bee (Bombus perplexus)

An online resource devoted to North American insects, spiders and their kin, offering identification, images, and information.

Thyreus sp. Unbeknownst to the blue-banded bees (Amegilla spp.) there is another species of bee, the cuckoo bee Thyreus sp., which follows them and lays eggs in their nests. The cuckoo bee is a cleptoparasite. When its egg hatches inside the blue-banded bee nest the larva eats all the nectar/pollen provisions placed there by the blue-banded bee. When the blue-banded bee larva hatches from its egg, there is no food left and it dies.

Unbeknownst to the blue-banded bees (Amegilla spp.

Mating Mecoptera(Scorpionflies). Males give off pheromones to attract females from a distance. To entice a female closer a male offers the female a nuptial meal of an insect he has caught with his gangly hind legs. Females choose males by the size of the offered meal – this male was certain to mate because he offered two flies as a meal. One part of the meal is a species of hover fly (Syrphidae) and the other is a species of blowfly (Calliphoridae). Mating may last up to 10mins.

Australian scorpion flies (Mecoptera) should be known as hanging flies. We don't have any species of Panorpidae, the 'true' scorpion flies.

Animal Advocacy By Numbers - Faunalytics

How many animals are there, how many of them suffer at human hands, and how can advocates use this information most effectively?

The aptly named Cnemaspis psychedelica, described on an island off the shore of Vietnam in 2010

The aptly named Cnemaspis psychedelica, described on an island off the shore of Vietnam in 2010

Cyrtodactylus durio

Cyrtodactylus durio

Pollinators: My Metallic Green Bees

My favorite bee, Augochlora , on cone flower. © Beatriz Moisset I often marvel at the exquisitely colored bees that visi.