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Honey Comb Crunch

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Mites are ravaging Missouri's wild and domestic honeybees. More

Honeybee

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Apis mellifera
In 1985, the honeybee was made Missouri's official state insect, and most people know how to identify it. This social insect is unquestionably a friend to humanity and has been for millennia. Today, more than ever, we rely on honeybees to pollinate our crops, as well as for the sweet honey that only they can make. More

Honeybee

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Honeybee

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Honeybee (worker). More

Leafcutter Bee

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Leafcutter bees are dark-colored with several whitish hair bands across the abdomen. Pollen is carried exclusively on hairs on the underside of the abdomen, never on the hind legs. Solitary bees, they don't live in hives. One sign of their presence is the rounded holes they cut in the leaves of plants. More

Leafcutter Bees

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Species in the genus Megachile.
Leafcutter bees are common throughout Missouri from late spring into early autumn. All are solitary. They are dark-colored with several whitish hair bands across the abdomen. One sign of their presence is the rounded holes they cut in the leaves of plants. More

Outdoor Recreation

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"Outdoor Recreation" for the July 2009 Missouri Conservationist. More

Pollinator Power

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Native bees keep Missouri green. More

Sweat Bees

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Numerous species and genera in Missouri
There are many species of sweat bees in Missouri. Some are solitary, but a number show different levels of social behavior. They got their common name from their attraction to perspiration, which offers them precious moisture and salts. More

War Was NEVER So Sweet

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In 1839, Missouri and Iowa mobilized their ragtag militias, ready to start shooting over a tree full of honey. More