Memoirs of Black Entomologists

Image of Dr. Charles Turner.

(Entomological Society of America) The Entomological Society of America has made “Memoirs of Black Entomologists: Reflections on Childhood, University, and Career Experiences” freely available to download. This collection brings together 20 black entomologists from the U.S. and around the world to share the stories of what drew them to the field, along with advice for black and minority students looking for a career in the entomological sciences. It also includes a tribute to Dr. Charles Turner.

Genetically engineering the perfect bee – in 1892

Black and white image of apiary in orchard.

(Scientific American) “It is said that there are at least two distinct races of stingless bees in South America, but these races have not much value as honey gatherers, and moreover they build combs with very thick-walled cells, and probably they would not be worth cultivating as compared with the European, Asiatic and African races. But if we can cross our bees with the giant bees of India and obtain a race with a long proboscis and perhaps increased size (if that should prove to be of any advantage), and cross this improved race with the South American stingless bees, we shall then have a race of bees which it will be difficult to improve.”

Eva Crane, the ultimate beekeeper

Image of Eva Crane with other woman.

(Cosmos) Eva Crane was one of the greatest writers on bees and beekeeping in the 20th century. See wrote and published hundreds of papers, articles and books. She helped create one of the world’s major databases on bee science. And her honey bee studies took her to more than 60 countries, “sometimes traveling by dugout canoe or dog sled to document the human use of bees from prehistoric times to the present”.

Did the Spanish bring bees to New Mexico?

Image of Spanish honey bee on flower.

(Taos News) Melanie Kirby, owner of a bee farm near Vadito, New Mexico, was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to pursue her questions about the possible connections between New Mexico and Spanish bees by traveling to Spain. Did the initial Spanish explorers and settlers bring bees with them to New Mexico, as they did with their grapes and other cultural and traditional practices?