COOL IMAGES: Insects at Work

Science  26 May 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5470, pp. 1295
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5470.1295a

A hoverfly (Syrphus), one of the few fly species that digest pollen, snacks on a wild rose in this photo by nature photographer Carll Goodpasture. It appears on the Web version of Vanishing Pollinators, a new art exhibit at the National Zoo running through April 2001. The show highlights the worrisome decline of these essential players in agriculture and nature—losses attributed to factors such as habitat loss and pesticides. The exhibit's 34 photos include stunning close-ups of bees, butterflies, leaf beetles, and predators such as spiders. Captions explain why butterflies and moths have long tongues and why bumblebees forage upward on a plant.

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