Squash Bees Are Pollinating Your Pumpkins and Zucchini

from the Frank Lab Website
August 17, 2015

A female squash bee foraging in a male pumpkin flower (note the pollen on her back legs). (Photo: E. Youngsteadt)

For years, I have felt rather sheepish for never having seen a squash bee. As native bees go, these fetching little stripey, round-faced bees get a lot of press. They’re . . . → Read More: Squash Bees Are Pollinating Your Pumpkins and Zucchini

Cities as a glimpse of the future

from the Frank Lab Website
August 27, 2014

This is an essay I wrote about my recent research on cities and climate change; the results were just published in Global Change Biology.

About a year ago, I found myself sitting ruefully in a patch of chiggery grass by the side of the road near the little town of Bahama, . . . → Read More: Cities as a glimpse of the future

This bench is habitat

from the Frank Lab Website
May 22, 2014

A few weeks ago, while I was sitting on a bench on campus eating lunch, a female carpenter bee startled me by flying up directly between my knees. She looked me in the eye and buzzed off. Turns out I was sitting right above the nest hole she had carved . . . → Read More: This bench is habitat

Vacation Invertebrates

October 17, 2011

While trekking in the Annapurna region of Nepal on vacation, we saw some curious invertebrates. Here are their portraits.

If anybody knows (a) what the millepedes are up to and/or (b) whether that snail engulfing its own shell is normal, please comment! You can click on the small images to download high-res versions. . . . → Read More: Vacation Invertebrates

Ant Video

These videos show Camponotus femoratus ants interacting with Peperomia macrostachya seeds. (The small ants are Crematogaster levior, which live in the same nests with Ca. femoratus.) Ultimately, the Ca. femoratus carry the seeds back to their nests and the plants grow there. The video was shot in December, 2006, in floodplain forest at the Los Amigos . . . → Read More: Ant Video