Two Biologists and a Boy: Bee Safe

Dylan flies off a bee-free sand dune on in the south of Spain.










My six-year old son, Dylan, has developed a phobia of insects — bees and wasps, in particular. One well-meaning acquaintance, her arm gently alighted on mine, suggested that “when the parents set the example of being afraid, kids pick up on their fear.” Now, I say acquaintance, because anyone who knows me well enough knows that I really dig bugs. I have spent part of my career studying the little beasties. I, ahem, collect photos of mating insects…

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