Let’s play a game! It’s called Damsels & Dragonflies, and as with all RPGs, it’s important to know your creatures. There are three other types of insect frequently mistaken for dragonflies: damselflies, owlflies, and lacewings.
This year I made the plunge into home beekeeping with some blue orchard mason bees (Osmia lignaria and other Osmia species). These solitary bees are extremely docile, so they’re perfect for a beginner like me, anyone with an interest in native pollinators, or anyone who wants to improve early-blooming fruit and/or nut yields.
This month’s bug is an alien – or at least it looks like one. But you don’t need to live a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away to find this movie creature; you can find the Terran version in temperate and warmer regions around the world: the juvenile stage of antlions.
Dr. Charles Henry Turner was the first Black American to earn a PhD in zoology (1907, University of Chicago), and a pioneer in insect behavioral neuroscience. He was also a tireless advocate for education as a means to resolve racial disparity in the post-Reconstruction American South and held a variety of teaching positions and professorships, while still finding time for his research.