Brought to you by me trying to get some good photos of bees foraging in my research plots. But I can’t help but sorta like these blurry, indistinct photos with flower bokeh and fuzzy bees poking their tongues around the corner. Purple Phacelia pollen A bee’s eye view Shy Advertisements
This is a very common lawn mushroom. Supposedly, it’s edible, but I’m not tempted to eat something that dissolves into an inky black goop after a couple of hours, are you? Remember kids, never eat a mushroom in the wild unless you are 100% positive on its identity and you are an experienced mushroom hunter.
This is a marshmallow: It is a species from Africa, the original inspiration for today’s sticky sweet treat. It is of the plant family Malvaceae, which includes the other mallow species, many of which are familiar ornamentals. This species is special though, because it produces a mucilaginous gel, especially from the roots, which can be […]
Well, if this just isn’t the coolest thing ever! Researchers have recently found that bees use electrical field to find flowers. The study, published online 21 February in Science Express (Clarke et al. 2013), specifically tested the ability of one species of bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) to detect electrical fields on flowers. The way this works […]
I think that Colony Collapse Disorder really brought a lot of attention to pollination services, at least in the US, where it is a “hot topic”. It’s hardly a concern in Australia. What about the UK? I don’t know how bees are doing there right now. In any case, as honeybee populations collapse around the […]