Archive for the ‘Insects’ Category

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

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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

Bee country up north

So even though I recently read the book Our Native Bees by Paige Embry, I must admit, I don’t remember reading about the Arctic Bumblebee. So imagine my surprise to come across this article entitled “6 Scientists, 1,000 Miles, 1 Prize: The Arctic Bumblebee” by James Gorman over at the New York Times. Who knew?!

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Green Librarian

Multi-generational migrations

So when I think of multi-generational migrations, I think of the incredible Monarch butterfly. Tonight’s article however, tells the story  of another one, that of the common green darner dragonfly.

Tonight’s article is entitled “It takes this dragonfly 3 generations to complete it’s annual 1,000 mile migration” by Jaymi Heimbuch over at the Mother News Network.

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Green Librarian