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Our garden beehives have been growing quickly. The afternoon’s orientation flights- where young bees try out their wings and learn to recognize landmarks around the hive- were especially busy so I pulled out my video gear:

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What am I doing this summer?

Good question. I’m teaching Integrative Biology 496: Introduction to Beekeeping.

If you are a University of Illinois student and would like to learn about the biology of Apis mellifera and how to manage a small apiary for honey or just for fun, please consider this 8-week class.  Enrollment is capped at 22 in order to maintain a reasonable student to hive ratio.

The class website is here.

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Agapostemon sp. – Halictidae
Fairport, NY, USA

Photo details: Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS 20D.
ISO 100, f/13, 1/250 sec, twin flash diffused through tracing paper

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Seriously, is there a name for the disorder whereby people think everything with wings is a honeybee?

failbee

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specimen2bThis photo was ultimately rejected for a journal cover (it was the wrong shape!) but I shot it to accompany a research article that used museum specimens of midwestern bumblebees to compare current levels of genetic diversity with previous decades.  Since this image won’t appear in print anytime soon, I thought I’d share it here instead.

photo details: Canon 35mm f2.0 prime lens on a Canon EOS 20D
ISO 200, 1/125 sec, f/5, indirect strobe

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…on what we in Entomology here at Urbana-Champaign are up to.

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From David Attenborough’s brilliant Life in the Undergrowth:

Incidentally, Ed Yong’s interview with Sir David is worth reading.

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