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On to bigger and better bees…

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Besides honey bees, many other species of insects, birds and even mammals (sometimes even people!) serve as pollinators. In Kenya, carpenter bees from the genus Xylocopa are one of the noisiest, if not largest, invertebrate pollinators. Their careening flight paths are easy to pick out from dozens of meters away, but sampling requires a great deal more running and wild net swinging than their more predictable honey bee relatives.

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