You may or may not be aware, but the vast majority of all Arizona honey bees are Africanized (killer bees). They have a rightfully-deserved fearsome reputation, but there are a lot of great things about these bees. For starters, they are wonderful pollinators and have shown a stronger resistance to neonicotinoids (the stuff found in many insecticides that kills bees) than many other bee species. They also only attack when you're close to a hive and provide warnings before attacking. Several bees will actually fly into any creatures they deem as beeing too close, so if you ever have bees flying into you, best turn around. After a number of headbutts and the continued approach of a trespasser, the killer bee hive may then mobilize their troops and attack, earning their "killer" reputation.
Africanized bees can be kind of scary, but they rarely cause death and at least they warn us. The toxic outdoor chemicals we use (insecticides, roundup, etc) just cause instant death to our tiny friends, and slow, cancerous deaths to us. Please just stop using any type of outdoor chemical that ends in "cide"
Despite being notorious blood-suckers, mosquitoes are actually quite wonderful pollinators. Only females suck blood, leaving the boys to visit flower after flower. Winfield, PA.
A green metallic sweat bee takes his/her time collecting pollen atop an expiring cone flower. Winfield, PA.
An simply stunning fly pollinates a wild mallow flower amidst the early-morning dew drops. Catalina Mountains, AZ.
A green metallic sweat bee eagerly gathers pollen atop a black-eyed susan wildflower. Winfield, PA.
In the cool early-morning air a hover fly rests at the pinnacle of a wildflower leaf. Winfield, PA.
A small wasp (species unknown) traipsed across this leaf a few moments before disappearing. Winfield, PA.
Although they do their share of pollinating and even look cute from the right angle (please note: this is not the right angle), Tachinid Flies are parasitic to a plethora of other insect species. They will lay eggs inside the unfortunate host. These eggs will hatch into ravenous larva that begin eating the poor thing, from the inside. Photo taken in Winfield, PA, USA.
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