Archive for the ‘Insects’ Category

Take a look around

This was one of those moments where I was looking one place only to find this beautiful dragon fly zipping around somewhere else. Honestly I love looking around for the little ones when I’m out and about.

The only problem is usually I don’t get them in focus. This one I think I did a pretty good job. That said, I’ll just keep on trying.

Sincerely-

Green Librarian

Trees and beetles, beetles and trees

So yesterday I got the chance to yet again go out and take some pictures and again it was Emmenegger Nature Park, my go to park these days. The only difference was I took a trail that I don’t know the last time I took, if ever.

That said, after going through my latest pictures, I decided on this one of a beetle sitting inside the bark of a dead tree. That said, I must admit I don’t know what species of beetle that it is. I guess it’s a chance to use my researching skills yet again.

Beetle

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

Plaster bees & spring

So I’d been at my new library job for exactly one week when I was told to take off the next two weeks, thankfully though I’m getting paid. I’m no longer a legal librarian but a medical librarian and with all that’s going on at hospitals, it’s really no surprise.

Since I have lots of time off, I’ve been taking lots of pictures and this is one of my latest. It’s a plaster bee over at one of our local parks, Powder Valley Nature Center but unfortunately, I don’t know what time of flower it is. I’ll need to do a little research on that. If I haven’t said it before, I just love bees. Anyway, enjoy!

PowderValleyBee

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

So speaking of insects, bees in particular

I’m sure I’ve said this before but almost since I started getting interested in photography, I’ve gotten very interested in taking pictures of insects and bees in particular. Now of course, the fact that I have a nice flower garden in the front yard doesn’t hurt to attract them.

Anyway, this article is a great resource for understanding bees, who they are and what they do in their daily lives. The article is entitled “What Is It Like to Be a Bee? A philosophical and neurobiological look into the apian mind.” by Natasha Frost over at Get Pocket. Very interesting read, if your in to bees, that is.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

Australia

Watching and reading about the wildfires of Australia has been heartbreaking to say the least, from the kangaroo’s to koalas to even the smallest of insects and anthropods, according to tonight’s article entitled “Some of Australia’s Smallest Species Could Be Lost to Wildfires” by Helen Sullivan over at the New York Times.

It’s been so sad to watch this story unfold. Fortunately there have also been many amazing stories to come out as well and hopefully one day, we’ll learn from this story.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

 

Bee whisperer

So this is an article I came across tonight about a gentleman known as a bee whisperer and since bees have been a topic of mine lately, it made sense to post this article. I will say, with all my interest in photography the past few months, one of my favorite subjects has been bees. One of my favorite pictures of a honeybee is this one I took a couple of summers ago, before I really got into using my new camera.

Bee2

I think I may have actually posted this picture before. Anyway, the article tonight is entitled “Behold the bare-handed bee whisperer who is saving the honeybeesby over at Treehugger. I still love that picture.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

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.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

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.

Sincerely-

 

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.

Sincerely –

 

Green Librarian