How to - Wildlife

Nature study

By
Cybèle Young
Photography by
Cybèle Young

A whimsical look at some of the other life that may be growing in our own backyards

 

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Pollen
What: Pollen
Why: Pollen grains come in countless shapes and sizes—each one more ornate and geometrically complex than the 
last. Many bees coordinate their daily schedules to coincide with the times that various flowers open, so they can achieve optimal pollination.

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Bumblebee (Bombus)
Size: From 1.7 to 3.5 cm
Where: Widespread
Why: Bumblebees are among the first 
to emerge in spring. After landing on certain flowers, they will adjust the speed of their wingbeats until the vibration shakes the pollen grains loose, so they can carry it to the next flower. Bumblebees are one of the few members of the Apidae (bee/wasp) family that are social.

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Ant (Family: Formicidae)
Size: From 1 mm to 5 cm
Where: Widespread
Why: Contrary to bees, all ants are social and their communal homes can evolve 
for years. Their vocations within the colony include farmers, day-care workers, soldiers and even ranchers, who protect colonies of aphids from predators in exchange for honeydew, which the ants “milk” by rubbing the aphids’ abdomens.

 


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