Episode 18: Mosquitoes as Pollinators and Haplodiploidy in Honeybees

Considering what a pest they can be, it makes sense to question what, if any,  ecological benefits mosquitoes have. Would you believe me if I told you they are pollinators? In fact, the main source of food for adult mosquitoes is flower nectar. Learn more here.

Mosquito eating the nectar of Mexican sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia ‘Torch’ )

After Daniel blows Casey’s mind with this news about mosquitoes, Casey raises the bar by explaining haplodiploidy in honey bees. Say what now?


This episode aired on Radio Boise in June 2018 and featured music by Toy Zoo.

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