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Avocado Pollinators and the Need for Weeds

Dino Martins brings us an up-close view of the world of insects everywhere. Meet the wild pollinators that make the popular avocado fruit possible.

Plant Blasts Birds With Pollen Using “Bellows”

A rain forest plant baits birds with puffy treats, then blasts any takers with pollen—a unique discovery, a new study says.

Beyond Bees: 4 Surprising Facts About Pollination

In honor of National Pollinator Week, we delve into the strange, colorful world of the creatures that keep our planet blooming.

Honeybees Pollinating Passionfruit in Kenya!

Greetings from the Kerio Valley in Northwestern Kenya. This beautiful valley, an extension of the magnificent Great Rift Valley, is one of my favorite places. It is a veritable paradise for bees and other insects that live in the valleys’ forests, acacia-woodlands and rugged escarpments. The Kerio Valley is also home to thousands of small-scale…

Praying Mantis Mimics Flower to Trick Prey

A praying mantis in Malaysia mimics an orchid to get a meal—the first scientific evidence of an animal imitating a flower to attract prey.

Bees Sleeping… And Dreaming?

Dino Martins travels around the world to study insect behavior. Here, charming amegilla bees are the order of he day.

The Latest Buzz From Isabella Rossellini

Isabella Rossellini has played a salmon, a duck, a squid—and now a bee. In a new series of short films that expand her body of educational work on the lives of animals, the actress and model imagined a conversation with bees to help create buzz about the plight of pollinators.

Students learn about bees in Kenya…

My name is Dino J. Martins, I am a Kenyan entomologist and I love insects. The Kiswahili word for insect is dudu and if you didn’t know already, insects rule the world! Thanks to the amazing efforts of the ‘little things that run the world’ I was humbled to be selected as a National Geographic…

Desert in Northern Kenya Filled With Bees!

A recent rainstorm has brought out the flowers in the desert of northern Kenya where I am currently based and teaching for the Turkana Basin Field School. With flowers of course come bees, and an incredible diversity of them. See some of the amazing species the students here have been able to see and study.