Archive for the ‘Bees’ Category

Bees crafting

So today I took back the book Honeybee Democracy by Thomas Seeley, mostly because I thought it’s way over my head. At this point, I need to find a book a little more at the beginner’s level, to learn about bees.

Anyway, after coming across this very interesting article entitled “These Special Bees Craft Nests from Flowe Petals” by Melissa Breyer over at Treehugger, I went ahead and re-requested. I also requested a book I hope will be more what I’m looking for entitled Our Native Bees by Embry Paige. I’ll keep you posted.

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Local bees

So I didn’t get around to printing (or reading) the article I posted last time but, it turns out I found another article this evening, in the May edition of the Missouri Conservationist. This one talks about one of Missouri’s native bees, the Bicolored Striped Sweat Bee.

The article, surprisingly enough, is entitled “Bicolored Striped Sweat Bee“. Now that I’ve learned about one of our natives, I guess it’s time to learn about the others.

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Bee time

Okay, so with spring forever on it’s way here in the Midwest and as I tried to post (but failed to due to contest rules) a really nice picture I took a month or so ago of a bee on a crocus in the front yard, I decided to go looking for a nice article on bees to post along with the picture. At least here, there are no limits on the size of the picture.

A couple hours later, here we go. So the article I found, which is unfortunately too long to read tonight (and I will have to print out at work tomorrow), from what I’ve read so far, is a really nice one on native bees entitled “To Help a Native Bee, You Have to Know One” by Tom Oder over at Mother Nature Network.

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Unfortunately I don’t know the name of the species here so I guess I need to read the article and learn about the native bee’s here in Missouri. No doubt, there will be a test afterwards.

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Bees of the sea

I like the title of this article so much I decided just to go with it. Who knew that there were actually marine animals that pollinated plants in the ocean just like bees and other animals on land.

To learn more, check out the article entitled “Like bees of the sea, plankton pollinate plants For the first time, scientists have shown that an ocean plant is pollinated by zooplankton and other tiny marine animals.” by Russell McLendon over at Mother Nature Network. How cool is that?!

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Bee-utiful

So while bees continue to struggle both here and elsewhere around the world, apparently the country of Norway has started to do something about it. This according to the article entitled “Oslo builds its bees a highway of flowers

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Bee business

Bee’s have always been one of my favorite animals. As a kid, we use to stop on our family vacations at this restaurant (and I can’t for the life of me remember the name) but anyway, we use to see the bee’s making their honey.

When scientist talk about bee’s today unfortunately, it’s about what’s killing them and how can we help them. So just the other day I finally requested this book I’ve been meaning to read entitled Bees: Natures Little Wonders by Candace Savage. I can’t wait to start reading it to see what we can do.

On top of that, I came across this great article about this gentleman right across the river in Illinois and it’s entitled “Man’s Lifelong Interest Becomes Bee Business” by Scott Fitzgerald at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Well worth the read!

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A bat that crawls and a bee that lives alone

With much of the midwest covered in snow today and since I got off work early, I decided to go through my stack of old (really old) articles and found a couple about animals that apparently go against the grain.

The first one is about a bee that likes to go solo in this article entitled “Rare Bee Species Lives Alone, Makes Nest Out of Flower Petals” by Jerry James Stone at Treehugger.

The other article is about a bat that not only likes hanging around but can also get along on the ground in  “A Bat That Crawls as Much as It Flies Shows Ancient Lineages” by Katherine Harmon at Scientific American. Unfortunately since the article is rather old (2009),  I was unable to track it down online. If I do find it available somewhere else, I will keep you posted.

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Update: I found the link!