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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 8th, 2015

Bees Swarming Over American Holly

Zachary Huang, Michigan State University
June 7, 2015

By accident I noticed that there are two holly trees in front of the CIPS building (north door) on Saturday (June 6, 2015). I have been meaning to see when this …

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 …

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 …