The Beeholder's Eye -The bee's eye is a marvel of biology. It is covered with hairs that act as a shield against pollen and consists of thousands of small lenses called ommatidia.
These lenses allow the bee to see a range of colors, including ultraviolet, and are highly sensitive to movement. This enables the bee to spot flowers and other sources of nourishment, as well as evade potential threats.
A photo of a busy little honey bee sipping nectar and pollinating as he flits from flower to flower. Many people don’t realize how important the honey bee is to our human existence.
A Bees Life is here with #FreeShipping https://www.pictorem.com/850841/A%20Bees%20Life.html
>Resources will be reallocated to slowing the spread of the #pest
>Non-compliance from #beekeepers and illegal #hive movement was a major factor in the failed eradication effort
>#Government and #industry groups made the unanimous decision to move to a #management approach
Saw this little bumbler at 8 am this morning, out on the trail.
He was sound asleep.
I only learned this year that bees don't go back to the hive at night, especially males. They just sleep where they left off.
On behalf of this little soul, and on behalf of all of us, really, please stop using #pesticides if you still use them.
Even careful use is no longer acceptable.
We need bees. The planet needs them.
As I was walking at Upper Seletar Reservoir Park, Singapore, I suddenly heard loud buzzing, and was surrounded by bees. Looking around, I saw they were Asian Honey Bees (Apis cerana) and they were nesting in a hole in a nearby tree. Spotted on 23 Sept 2023.
News of the Hive: Opened it up today, immediately killed 2 hive beetles. Tested for mites, and for the first time, it was positive. Picked up some treatment at Mike's Bees.
I'm doing everything I can to help this hive make it through the winter, and keeping my fingers crossed.
The hive was a bit pissed at me by the time I was done. An angry hum and two stings preceded my exit.
We also have a snake wandering around, hopefully keeping the mouse population at bay.
From Atlas Obscura:
"To Save America’s Native Bees, the Oregon Bee Project Is Mapping Every Single One.
The project aims to make a complete ‘bee atlas,’ detailing every single local pollinator."
To Save America's Native Bees, the Oregon Bee Project Is Mapping Every Single One
The project aims to make a complete 'bee atlas,' detailing every single local pollinator.#laboratories #longreads #oregon #libraries #library #data #endangeredspecies #climatechange #insects #collections #biology #biodiversity #scientistsatwork #science #honey #nativebees #maps #bees #section-Articles
To Save America's Native Bees, the Oregon Bee Project Is Mapping Every Single One
Took the last lot of syrup up for the bees this evening. Always love seeing this ring of slurpy slurpy bees. They’ve had 8kg of sugar (as 2:1) per colony, but I think they still feel light. The ivy’s out so I’m hoping they stock up well for winter, but I reckon I’ll need to get some fondant on at some point 😟
Note to self: remember to actually do the beesuit up before fiddling with bees 😩
Bee-killing pesticides banned in EU found at unsafe levels in English rivers https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/sep/22/bee-killing-pesticides-unsafe-levels-english-rivers-neonicotinoids?CMP=share_btn_tw 🐝 #ToryCorruption #GTTO #VoteThemAllOut #Bees #Pollution #SickManOfEurope #Neonicotinoids #UK
I went out last night to visit the bright lamp at the park hoping for moths. No moths, pretty quiet in general but I found a green sweat bee (Agapostemon sp.) The bee refused to land, but I stood around hoping it would for about 15 minutes and snapped a few phone pics - a few came out ok.
Given the #Tories callous disregard for the wellbeing of other #keyworkers (except to piously clap for them, of course), it can be no surprise they'd show a similar disregard for the key workers of pollination - #bees!
Range of pesticides, including neonicotinoids, found in pollen of different bee species #bees #environment #pesticides https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2023/09/230919154921.htm
Ban Bee Killing Pesticides NOW #environment #wildlife #bees #pesticides https://act.38degrees.org.uk/act/ban-bee-killing-pesticides-23
I'm new here, so I guess it's time for a #introduction
I'm Basil, but you can call me Beeble
They/them or He/they
Panromantic Aceflux Polyam person
Hispanic and Scottish
ADHD and Autism haver
Chronic illness and pain possessor
I do #art sometimes, and I write occasionally.
I like funny stuff and other people's art, so that's where i'm at.
my interests are:
- #ROTTMNT and #TMNT
It's nice to meet you!
Range of pesticides, including fungicides & neonicotinoids, found in pollen of different bee species #bees #nature https://phys.org/news/2023-09-range-pesticides-neonicotinoids-pollen-bee.html
As summer draws to a close in the Northern Hemisphere, here is a bee to remind us of what we'll be missing for the next several months.
In Ancient Egypt, bees were believed to have been created from the tears of Ra, the Sun God.
In many cultures, bees are considered to be messengers carrying news to the spirit world. It's not hard to guess what message their current plight might be carrying.
Le grand coléoptère des ruches est un scarabée qui se nourrit de larves d'abeilles à l'état adulte. C'est une menace potentielle de plus pour les abeilles et l'apiculture dans le monde, en particulier avec le réchauffement climatique.
Et un cousin assez éloigné du petit coléoptère de la ruche, déjà en France:
Photo B. Oldroyd.
Looked at the hive this morning and they were having trouble removing the deceased due to a puddle at their entrance. I decided since I've been doing roof repair this past week to build a roof for the bees.
It fits the spacing of the screws in the china-hives, which is 2 inches. I had it at the top of the deep (3rd photo) at first but when I looked at the photos it seemed too high so I moved it to the bottom. Sealed with beeswax along the top edge.
Australia is moving away from the eradication of varroa and will try to manage the parasite.
The cosmos & the zinnias really brought in the bumblebees this year which is what I was hoping for w/ the expansion of my garden & an increase in plants & flowers. I've run across quite a few sleeping in my flowers in the early morning🐝 🛏️ 🌼.
This one was just up to its regular 9-5.
@nature #SixOnSaturday Still lots of green but it's more fun to look at #AutumnColour ! There's more of it every day (especially with some frosts).
Plus: there are still #flowers for #pollinators lots of #mushrooms and the year-round #birds are in the yard more with chicks grown up (and kitty gone ☹️ )
#BloomScrolling #insects #bees #florespondence #gardening #mushtodon #fungi #FallColor #September #Alberta
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While I've seen european honey bees all winter (yikes), I hadn't seen these native sleepy friends (lasioglossum cognatum as best I can identify) since April
They're very cute, and there's a thread over here with some observations from earlier in the year https://mastodon.social/@Cheeseness/109939444723574438
#photography #bees #pollendreams
I have this little oil pastel artwork available. It uses a limited palette of mostly green and white with little touches of yellow and gold.
or you can search for 'TheWeeOwlStudio' on Etsy.
#FediGiftShop #ScottishArtist #MastoArt #CreativeToots
#flowers #bees #OilPastel #painting #artwork
Our original #hive has made what we think is a queen cell. 🤔😆 It was not there when we did hive inspections and introduced a frame of brood from the swarm hive. Interestingly, this creation is not on that frame! The plot thickens. Still a mystery. We were thinking, timing wise, that this queen cell must be very close to hatching between today and tomorrow as it wasn't there on Labor Day. #beekeeping #bees
Playing with some busy bee motifs for today's #inkyDays drawing.
And that's a wrap for this week of daily drawings. All the in-progress and finished drawings are now posted for my supporters in the posts on my Patreon and Ko-fi. I'll be starting new posts tomorrow.
The #SciArtSeptember prompt gossamer made me think of the wings of this Megachile brevis leafcutter bee.
Unlike the better known, and imported honeybee, the Leafcutter bees are solitary and make no honey, but they are vital pollinators who play an important role in the ecosystem. They are found throughout the US and southern Canada from the Atlantic to the Pacific. 🧵1/2
Xylocopa sonorina, the 'valley carpenter bee' a large buzzy bee covered in fur.
The males a striking yellow-orange with olive green eyes. The females melanistic and black from mandible to gaster. I wonder how the dimorphism evolved?
They nest in old unpainted fence posts. Females sometimes share nests.
Males are described as "aggressive" but... uh what is he going to do exactly? Boys can't sting! (true of all hymenopterans) I guess he could give you a dainty nibble with his mandibles. #bees
#Butterflies can remember where things are over sizeable spaces https://phys.org/news/2023-08-butterflies-sizeable-spaces.html
Long-term #SpatialMemory across large spatial scales in #Heliconius butterflies: Priscila Moura et al. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960982223007595
"Spatial learning is known in #insects, but much of the research has focused on #ants, #bees which live socially. This study provides the first direct evidence of spatial learning in butterflies or #moths, and suggests that complex learning skills may be more common in insects"