University of Kentucky Department of Entomology

Mystery Bug Answers


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These industrious workers are always busy gathering nectar or pollen. They are at home here on the cells in which they store a real sweet product and raise their young.

Bees play a crucial role in pollinating many flowers, including fruit trees and other agricultural crops on which we depend for food. Many flowers have special structures that ensure that bees carry their pollen from flower to flower as they search for nectar. To learn more about pollination, click here. In the last few years, many honey bees in the US have died from two parasites (Varroa mites and Tracheal mites) that were accidentally brought in from other countries. This is a serious problem for farmers who rely on these insects to pollinate their crops.

Honey bees do many interesting things, including dances that tell other bees where to find flowers full of nectar, fanning to control the temperature of the hive, building new honeycomb, and taking care of the queen. An observation hive can be a fun and instructive way to learn more about these facinating insects. If you are interested in starting an observation hive of honey bees, click here for more information.



These small, flat creatures can make cats and dogs want to flee. They will bite humans, too. The large hind legs are good for hopping on and off their animal meal. The immature stage is a thin, long worm-like larva that develops in pet bedding or carpets.

Sometimes fleas can become a real problem. For more information on how to eliminate fleas on pets and in the home, consult EntFact 602, Ridding Your Home of Fleas.

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