By , on July 31st, 2016

Honey bees foraging on extrafloral nectaries of Catalpa speciosa, Bignoniaceae

Zachary Huang, Michigan State University

There was one post (June 23rd, 2016) of me begging everyone to show me if they saw honey bees foraging on catalpa leaves. No one responded.

On Sunday June 26, I finally had the …

By , on July 19th, 2016

Pomegranate flowers with bees

Pomegranate flowers with bees

Zachary Huang, MSU

In 2008 I drove to Boston GA to do a study on how transportation affects honey bees. I was hosted by Dennie Best and his father, Oren Best at their bee farm. …

By , on June 23rd, 2016

Bees on catalpa leaves wanted…

Ok, I have seen bees foraging on catalpa flowers, many years ago. In fact here are some pictures I took, in 2005 (date stamp: 2005-06-18 10:31:24).

I remember this was in Okemos, behind the Quality Dairy Store near Grand …

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 …

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 …