Archive for the ‘Insects’ Category

Bees & planet earth

So yesterday I talked about how I love taking pictures of insects, in particular bees and butterflies. Well, according to the Earthwatch Institute, bees are considered to be the most important living being on the planet.

The article is entitled “The Bee Is Declared The Most Important Living Being On The Planet” over at the Science and Info Blogspot. I think the book I’m still reading, The Nature and Necessity of Bees by Thor Hanson would agree with that statement.

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Green Librarian

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Insects in the winter

These days it seems that insects are what I’m most enjoying when it comes to nature. In fact, I just took up the hobby of photography with my new(ish) camera, and so insects sort of fell right into my lap as it were.

I’ve been having so much fun taking pictures of bees and butterflies in particular, along with all the flowers in my yard. Of course, I just started doing this a few weeks ago, so I can’t wait till I have a whole summer to do this.

Anyway, the article tonight is entitled “Where do insects go in the winter?by Mary Jo DiLonardo Over at Mother News Network. Now of course, my next purchase will be a lense for taking close up shots of all insects. I can’t wait!

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Green Librarian

Bee blitz

So many years ago, before my oldest son was even born, I got the chance to help out with a butterfly account at a nearby park. Many years and three kids later, all my kids and I helped out on a Monarch count.

Reading this article the other day, “Bee Blitz aims to let volunteers help researchers via ‘citizen science’by  over at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch got me to reliving those moments. Maybe it’s time for another chapter of citizen science.

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Green Librarian

To the north and back

So after taking a couple weeks off due computer issues (in which unfortunately, I still have) and another because of our family vacation north last week, it’s time to get back to writing.

With that said, I’ll start with this simple picture of a bee in which the likes I’ve never seen.

MNBee

Now as if I needed more  inspiration to write about bees, there’s this article over at my local newspaper the Webster-Kirkwood Times entitled “What’s Happening to our Honey Bees? Dramatic winter honeybee die-off has biologists concerned” by Joe  Liechtenstein that will also motivate me.

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Green Librarian

Who doesn’t love ladybugs?

So with all the floods, storms, etc…going on around here in the Midwest, it’s nice to see this story about the National Weather Service and the huge blob that turned up on their radar recently. Turns out it was actually a massive swarm of ladybugs.

The article is entitled “Massive ladybug swarm over California shows up on radar” over at Yahoo courtesy of the Associated Press. Now that’s my kind of storm front.

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Green Library

Following the bees

So in keeping with the bee theme here, I came across this article a few weeks ago about what are believed to be one of the earliest drawings of bees, somewhere between 1625 and 1630.

These drawings are courtesy of a compound microscope sent to the artist by their friend Galileo. The article is entitled “Spring Bees over at our local newspaper, the Webster-Kirkwood Times.

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Green Librarian

Bumblebee stripes

So I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t know how the color of a bumblebee stripes varied in part by the region they live in. This according to the article entitled “Why do bumblebees have stripes? Think of them as a warning label” by Christian Cotroneo over at Mother Nature Network. Who knew!?

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Green Librarian