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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Bee Flies – the family Bombyliidae

Bee Fly (Villa lateralis):  a species seen at CSU Dominguez Hills

While most people think of bees when they hear the word ‘pollinator’, in fact a wide range of animals function as pollinators.  To learn more about pollinators in general see:

Among the bee-like insects that serve as pollinators are the Bee Flies.  The Family Bombyliidae is a large family of flies with literally hundreds of genera and thousands of species worldwide. The exact number of species is currently unknown, due to a significant lack of research on this family.  For a good review of the main types of  flies seen in Southern California see:
To learn more about Bee Flies and their role as beneficial insects, see:


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Celebrate National Pollinator Week (June 15-21, 2015)

National Pollinator Week (the 3rd week in June each year) celebrates the importance of pollinators for all life on earth. Eighty percent of food crops, as well as many ornamental plants, require insect pollinators.    Life without living pollinators would be very different, indeed.

Here are some things you can do to celebrate National Pollinator Week:

Learn more about specific S. California pollinators:


Register your garden as part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge (MPGC):

Participate in National Pollinator Week activities: