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The secret lives of bugs (series)
Pollination Bugs

Dr Romina Rader, from the University of New England’s School of Environmental and Rural Science, looks at the importance of many insects in pollination. Apart from the honey bees, there are many insects that are important to pollination, especially for crops. Social bees, solitary bees, some flies, beetles, moths, butterflies and thrips can all be involved in pollination depending on the location in Australia. In the tropics, for example, there can be a large variety of insects involved in pollination whereas cooler regions might have a focus on a particular insect pollinator. The landscape that surrounds the crops also plays a role.
Why people contact entomologists

Dr Ken Walker, Senior Curator for Entomology at Museum Victoria, gives insight into the public role of entomologists, a role that encompasses fact and fiction.
Each and every which way

There are many, many more kinds of bugs than there are vertebrates or even flowering plants. Dr Ken Walker, Senior Curator for Insects at Museum Victoria describes some of the very unusual and complex ways that different bugs carve out a living in their specialised ecological niche.
Bee unique: Australian native bees

Australia has the most unique bee fauna in the world.  It is dominated by primitive, solitary nesting bees that have co-evolved with most primitive plant family in the world – the eucalyptus and gum trees. Dr Ken Walker, Senior Curator for Insects at Museum Victoria has worked on native bees for 32 years and is still making new discoveries about these tiny creatures.
The big picture of life

Why size matters: Dr Ken Walker, Senior Curator for Insects at Museum Victoria, takes a closer look at insects, even those large ones that lived in prehistoric times.
 

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