By , on June 6th, 2015

Black locust, a major honey plant in Michigan

Zachary Huang, Michigan State University

June 6, 2015

I noticed today that flowers of black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia, Fabaceae) are nearly gone, so I thought I need to post some of their photos. You might have another 1-2 …

By , on June 3rd, 2015

Huang’s Mite Research Featured on MSU News

Zachary Huang, Michigan State University

Here is the link to the news, http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2015/a-smelling-bee/

The story goes back to 2004, when I invited a friend and colleague, Dr. Yves LeConte, from France to visit China. Prof. Zhijiang Zeng hosted our visit. …

By , on June 1st, 2015

Smoke bush flowers are highly attractive to honey bees and other pollinators

Zachary Huang, Michigan State University

Smoke bush (smoke tree, Cotinus coggygria, Anacardiaceae) is in the sumac family. It is called “smoky bush” because the long stalk-like structure supporting the seeds (most stalks are empty with a few seeds here …

By , on May 27th, 2015

Beautiful Luffa Flowers as Seen by Honey Bees

Zachary Huang, Michigan State University

This is a “formal post” to the site dedicated to ultraviolet photography, http://www.ultravioletphotography.com.

Luffa is commonly planted vegetable in China and the rest of Asia. Young fruit is usually made into a soup that has …

By , on May 27th, 2015

Pretty Flowers, but Bees Rarely Love ‘Em — Lilac

Zachary Huang, Michigan State University

Lilac is still blooming, although it is almost done here in East Lansing and Okemos. Lilac is in the family Oleaceae, the most common species planted are Syringa vulgaris.

[side note: Black locusts are …