A New Bee from Turkana, Kenya!

Dino J. Martins searching for bees in the hot, remote region of Turkana. Photo by D. Green.

The hot, dusty bush and deserts of Turkana in Northern Kenya are one of our planet’s most remote and exciting regions to explore. This harsh landscape is famous for its long record of human and vertebrate evolution – as part of the work of the Leakey family. The Turkana Basin holds the shimmering Lake Turkana that lies in the middle of the African Great Rift Valley.

Turkana is also a region with unique biodiversity, that has adapted to the hot, dry conditions. At first look deserts and drylands may appear bleak and devoid of life. However, nothing could be further from the truth: these regions are teeming with life, but living things here have adapted to the extreme conditions, and often stay hidden or dormant for long periods of time. After brief rains life erupts with an unrivaled exuberance to make the most of the flowers and opportunity.

Dino J. Martins searching for bees in the hot, remote region of Turkana. Photo by D. Green.

I’ve been privileged to explore and chase after insects in this part of the world for the past few years as part of my research with the Turkana Basin Institute founded by Dr Richard Leakey. We have —> Read More Here

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