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The spring flowers resembled busy airports this week.

The desert marigolds were abuzz with insects, including this photo-bombing honey bee.

The red and black bug is a charcoal seed bug, Melacoryphus lateralis.

The brittlebush flowers were also teeming with insect life.

 

Many of the flowers harbored false chinch bugs.

Some were hiding underneath.

Along with numerous honey bees, the flies were active. This is the black flower fly, Copestylum mexicana.

Is it a bee or a fly?

This one is another kind of flower fly that mimics a bee.

This plant bug's spring finery matched the flower.

It's an exciting time of year in nature.

This week I ran across this video from the American Chemical Society about The Unexpected Chemistry of Honey. It quickly reviews how honey is made.

Note: It is probably for older children, given the level of chemistry and the use of the word "puke."

What do you think?honey-bee

Finding candidates for Bug of the Week is a bit challenging this time of year, given the colder weather. To fill in, today let's take a look at a fantastic time lapse video by National Geographic photographer Anand Varma of the development of young honey bees within the cells of the brood comb.


Fascinating stuff! (Although technically the plural of larva is larvae.)

If you are interested in finding out more about bees, I'm doing a series of reviews of books about bees and pollination at Wild About Ants this week.

Bee Books