UPDATED: Can we talk about this Cheerios thing?

A very interesting thing has happened this week*! Cheerios, a cereal maker if you weren’t familiar, has started a new “conservation” initiative to “save the bees”! My liberal usage of quotation marks demonstrates how mixed my feelings are on this effort. I find it fascinating. Of course, it has generated a huge controversy in my […]

Heinlein Links to Share

I am a-traveling again! I’ll post when I land as a stranger in a strange new land where I will make my next home (hint: it’s not Mars). Until then, please enjoy these links to share… I already knew bees were smart…after all, I’ve seen them respond quickly and rationally to short term experimental treatments! […]

Links to share

FEATHERED DINOSAUR TAIIILLLLL (If you didn’t already know this, you heard it here first!): http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/12/feathered-dinosaur-tail-amber-theropod-myanmar-burma-cretaceous/ Australian photo contest: http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/science-environment/2016/12/ecology-in-action-2016-photography-winners-announced?adbsc=social_20161201_68391176&adbid=10154118445703339&adbpl=fb&adbpr=100614418338 Four periodic elements named! http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/01/science/periodic-table-new-elements.html?_r=1 Marine pollinators…tiny crustaceans (i.e. arthropods I like to call ocean insects) pollinate sea grasses: http://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-just-discovered-there-are-bees-in-the-oceans (PS I resent them being called bees) Dumbledore means bumblebee! http://www.worldwidewords.org/weirdwords/ww-dum1.htm All the awesome things bees do: […]

Bees are vegan wasps…except these bees

When I’m talking to a broad audience of people who may or may not have experience with bees, I generally introduced them as “vegan wasps”. From an evolutionary perspective, this is true: i.e. bees are wasps that started collecting pollen instead of insect prey as the main protein source to provision their offspring. It also […]

Special Bee Edition of Links to share

Bees never cease to amaze!  Here is a collection of recent news (and not so recent news which I recently founds) about one of my favourite groups of organisms. Bees excavating hard sandstone: http://www.livescience.com/56073-bee-drills-nests-out-of-rock.html And if you want to help fund that research: https://experiment.com/projects/how-does-nest-substrate-choice-impact-larval-bee-health Can bees be on the endangered list? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bee-that-breaks-your-heart-180960900/?no-ist Bees collecting plastics […]

Some Luxembourgish Insects

Insects I saw in Luxembourg! Honeybee visiting Himalayan Balsam…the honeybees looked very different, but I don’t know why Butterfly Some sort of sharpshooter Bumblebee visiting Himalayan Balsam (it’s a very attractive invader) See how different the honeybees are? I love this stripey bumblebee! Anyone know it? This looks a lot like a tarnished plant bug […]