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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.

Giant Carpenter Bees in Tanzania!

More from the enigmatic world of bees and flowers: On a recent hike in southern Tanzania at the edge of the Uluguru Mountains I came across one of East Africa’s largest bee: the Giant Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa nigrita). This is just one of the thousands of wild bee species that occur in Africa. Female Giant…

Bees Pollinating Cucumbers in Kenya!

Hello – greetings from Turkana in Northern Kenya… I am up here at the Turkana Basin Institute and spent some time watching bees pollinating the cucumbers being cultivated at the institute today. Cucumbers are one of my favourite salad items and make a refreshing snack up here in the desert at lunchtime. Cucumbers are yet…

Bees in the Kerio Valley, Kenya.

I just spent a lovely day looking at bees in the Kerio Valley (one of my favourite parts of the world!). An extension of the Great Rift Valley in northwestern Kenya, the Kerio Valley is a beautiful and diverse landscape that is especially rich in bees. The Kerio Valley is also home to a large…

Pollinator breakfast in Kenya

Hello – Pollinators are responsible for about ONE IN THREE bites of food that we consume. Some two-thirds of all flowering plants on the planet are dependent on pollinators, most of them are wild insects and many of those are bees. Perhaps we don’t realize it, but pollinators are connected to the food that we…

Bees and Butterflies from Tanzania

Hello! Many greetings. I’ve been exploring different parts of East Africa and would like to share some of the wonderful insects that I encountered here. I recently went hiking in the Pugu Hills which are near the port city of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. These hills contain some precious fragments of forests that once…

Rainforest Katydid Hide-and-Seek

Hello! Many greetings from the rainforest in Western Kenya. As an entomologist in search of bugs, one quickly learns that many different kinds of insects are experts at hiding. They are masters of camouflage, and can make themselves ‘invisible’ even in broad daylight by blending in with their surroundings. Here is an example of a…

Rainforest Holiday Treats in Kenya

My name is Dino J. Martins, and I am a Kenyan entomologist who loves 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…

Bees Sleeping… And Dreaming?

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

Stalk-Eyed Flies in Kenya (possibly the world’s most bizarre fly)…

A few days ago I visited the Kerio Valley in northwestern Kenya. It was a hot, sunny day so I decided to stop and rest in the shade of some giant fig trees by a stream…I was blown away by what I found – one of the most bizarre and wonderful insects in the world.

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.