Here Comes the Sun(flowers)

By Kathy Keatley Garvey (Bug Squad - Happenings in the Insect World - July 20, 2012) 

You can't drive by a sunflower field without smiling.

Their golden heads turned toward the sun, their fringed petals aglow, sunflowers set an amicable scene in a world sometimes darkened by strife and sorrow.

Take, for example, the sunflower fields along Pedrick Road in Dixon, Calif. They are spectacular. A Vincent Van Gogh painting come to life.

And, the bees make it happen.

The non-native honey bees (Apis mellifera), brought to America in 1622 by...


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