Clan Apis

In Jay Hosler’s world of Clan Apis, (Active Synapse comics) the females do all the hard work, the males chase after their dream date and the praying mantis is to die for.

But that’s life in a honey bee colony, as Hosler’s action comic details the life cycle of Nyuki (Swahili for bee), who gathers pollen. With a story full of action and humor and puns, Hosler creates an educational comic about bee biology and behavior that has garnered lots of critical praise.

Along with working toward his doctorate at Notre Dame, which he was awarded in 1995, Hosler did a strip for The Observer called Spelunker. Now a professor of biology at Juniata College in Pennsylvania, he continues his research on honey bees.