Retired insect scientist finds new career in preserving bees
August 28, 2019
Of The New Era
Rich Little says he has two favorite types of fairies – both with wings: the fairy bee and the fairy wasp.
The fairy bee is about two millimeters (.07 inch) long, while the fairy wasp is a fraction of that.
You could line seven fairy wasps wingtip to wingtip, and they'd be able to fly like that through the hole of a shirt button, Little said. That's how small they are.
Little, a retired entomologist, is part of a statewide team that surveys the bees of Oregon in an effort to identify and preserve their colonies.
He trains people throughout Oregon to become "citizen scienti...