A close-up view of a male blue orchard bee, also known as Osmia lignaria. This type of bee, which is native to North America, is known to be one of the world's best pollinators.

Book creates buzz about native bees of North America


When you hear the word “bee,” you probably picture a honeybee. As a new book shows, though, many bees native to North America defy conventionalism and remain relatively unknown on their own continent

The common housefly makes up just one of 150 families of flies.

‘The Secret Lives of Flies’ provides insight into the diversity of the small insects

Squash bee

If you like squash, you can thank this one particular pollinator

Monarch close up

Two environmental groups sue on behalf of the monarch butterfly

Beekeeper and hive

Beekeepers and researchers are collaborating to build a better honeybee

A bee approaches a peach blossom. Many of the more than 20,000 species of bee worldwide, including the well-known honey bee, are threatened by disease, habitat loss, and pesticides. President Obama's national pollinator plan would provide incentives for r

From the White House to Minnesota gardens, an effort to make more room for pollinators


Honey bees and other pollinators are in big trouble. President Barack Obama wants to help save them with a new protected bee habitat corridor along I-35 spanning the US from Laredo, Texas to Duluth Minnesota. Catherine Winter, who lives in Duluth and keeps bees herself, tracked down some other bee enthusiasts to talk about the president’s plan and their own efforts to protect the pollinators that help feed us all.

Monarch butterflies at the Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove in California.

‘The situation is desperate’ for monarch butterflies, but here’s the plan to save them


A new plan announced by the US government would restore seven million acres of lost habitat for the monarch butterfly and other pollinating insects like honeybees, and scientists says the plan comes not a moment too soon for the troubled insects.

Monarch butterfly

After years on the brink, it might be comeback time for monarch butterflies


The Monarch butterfly population is bouncing back from record lows, and getting new support from an unexpected place — The White HouseThe Monarch butterfly population is bouncing back from record lows, and getting new support from an unexpected place — The White House

Monarch butterfly (Photo: Karen First)

The monarchs were missing this summer … and we and weather were to blame


Monarch butterflies, one of North America’s most recognizable and well-loved insects, have nearly disappeared from much of their range this year.

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Hummingbirds in the Canyon

Watching hummingbirds in Arizona’s Madera Canyon gave Mark Seth Lender an up close view of their interactions, and a chance to take spectacular photos.