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Retired insect scientist finds new career in preserving bees


August 28, 2019

Sarah Brown

ENTOMOLOGIST Rich Little shows one of his bee specimen displays that he uses in presentations. While he spent much of his career specializing in foreign insects, his passion has always been bees.

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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...

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