pollinators http://www.nhm.org/nature/taxonomy/term/368/all en The Midday Sunflower Long-Horned Bee Huddle http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/midday-sunflower-long-horned-bee-huddle <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lisa Gonzalez </div> </div> </div> <p>The life of the bee as we often think of it is one of constant motion: buzzing, dancing, collecting, feeding, searching, and digging is all in a days work for the &ldquo;busy bee.&rdquo;&nbsp; What many may not realize is that this perception of the bee is mainly from our frequent encounters with the females of the species which must not only feed themselves but also take care of their young.&nbsp; Honeybees, which are highly unusual in their behavior compared to most bees, have workers that are specialized in gathering pollen and communicating its location through dance, building and cleaning</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/midday-sunflower-long-horned-bee-huddle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/midday-sunflower-long-horned-bee-huddle#comments bees honeybees pollinators Sunflowers Blog Fri, 17 Jul 2015 00:25:56 +0000 Lila Higgins 911 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Purple Pollen Eaters: A Honey bee's Love Affair with Phacelia http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/purple-pollen-eaters-honey-bees-love-affair-phacelia <p>Spring is here and everyone is totally digging the wildflower display in our Nature Gardens. Casey Schreiner from <a href="http://www.modernhiker.com/" target="_blank">Modern Hiker</a>&nbsp;even gave us a shoutout on <a href="https://instagram.com/p/0vtNgJh4Jk/?taken-by=modernhiker" target="_blank">Instagram</a>.&nbsp;<br /> <img alt="" src="/nature/sites/default/files/Phacelia_modernhiker.jpg" /><br /> It&#39;s a good day for&nbsp;#wildflowers&nbsp;at the&nbsp;@nhmla!</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/purple-pollen-eaters-honey-bees-love-affair-phacelia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/purple-pollen-eaters-honey-bees-love-affair-phacelia#comments honey bees Layia platyglossa Phacelia Phacelia tanacetifolia Pollinator Garden pollinators tansy leaf phacelia tidy tips Blog Wed, 01 Apr 2015 23:18:38 +0000 Lila Higgins 864 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Blooming Agaves http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/blooming-agaves <p>More plant news from the North Campus. Recently some of our blue lotus agaves, <em>Agave ceslii</em> 'Nova', have begun to bloom. This is an impressive sight as these plants send forth long spikes, (between four and six feet long), that look a lot like giant asparagus stalks. This type of agave is monocarpic, meaning that it only flowers once, and this particular selection happens to flower at a relatively young age compared to other species.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/blooming-agaves" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/blooming-agaves#comments agave Allen's Hummingbird bats blue lotus agave hummingbirds plants pollinators tequila Blog Sat, 11 Feb 2012 08:17:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 670 at http://www.nhm.org/nature