Collection Manager Jim Boone takes us on a tour of the Herman Strecker Butterfly and Moth Collection at the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois. The history of the collection and some its most interesting specimens are explored.
Jean-Henri Fabre The Wonders of Instinct Giant hornet The Giant Hornet (Vespa Crabo) February has its sunny days, heralding spring, to which rude winter will reluctantly yield place.
Marybeth Shea's insight:
19th century French biologist Fabre writes with charm, "Two species have come hurrying up to take part in the joys of the almond-tree: first, the Horned Osmia, clad in black velvet on the head and breast, with red velvet on the abdomen; and, a little later, the Three-horned Osmia, whose livery must be red and red only. These are the first delegates despatched by the pollen-gleaners to ascertain the state of the season and attend the festival of the early blooms."
Dennis vanEngelsdorp - Dennis vanEngelsdorp is Acting State Apiarist for Pennsylvania's Department of Agriculture, studying colony collapse disorder -- the alarming, worldwide disappearance of worker bees and Western honey bees.