Fish consumption advisories usually focus on one chemical at a time – like mercury – and these advisories tell you how much of each kind of fish you should eat, and what to avoid. But they don’t often tell you much about mixtures of different chemicals in the environment that could be in fish.
If you are attempting to raise bees in a beehive, one common obstacle you might encounter is moths. Moths, or more specifically, wax moths, look for hives that have a small population of bees or a hive that is weak. When this happens, wax moths move into the brood combs and eat the wax there, destroying the combs and laying their larvae. Even...
The Neon Cuckoo Bee----What happened? Well, that fat intruder's mother found a blue-banded bee burrow nest that hadn't been sealed yet, and when there were no blue-banded bees around, she slipped in, laid her egg, and got out of there quick-smart. If the baby neon cuckoo bee hatches earlier than the blue-banded bee baby, it will get all the pollen and a great start to life. It's always the pretty ones you have to watch out for.
I will be writing about how to clean beehives after an attack of wax moths because that is exactly what happened to two of my hives last summer. I don’t know how many of you have experienced wax moths moving in and attacking your bees, but if you have you will know the devastation. Your bees are working beautifully for you and then boom, one morning you check your hives and notice sticky honey, broken honey-comb, and an off-putting smell from your hives. Yep, an infestation of wax moths also…
Like butterflies, ladybugs undergo a “complete transformation”, a pupae stage during which they completely transform from a crawling larvae to a drastically different form. It undergoes this stage in the open attached to a leaf. It shows that the last step of transformation will result in a leap from one way of being to a brand new one after a gap of quiet, inactive time when this shift happens.
In an attempt to better understand exactly what happens as a bee grows from an egg into an adult insect, photographer Anand Varma teamed up with the bee lab at UC Davis to film the first three weeks of a bee's life in unprecedented detail, all condensed into a 60-second clip. The video abov
RESEARCHERS: GM CROPS ARE KILLING MONARCH BUTTERFLIES, AFTER ALL | As farmers regularly doused ever-expanding swaths of land with Roundup without having to worry about the hurting their crops, milkweed no longer thrived—and as a result, the charismatic butterfly whose caterpillars require it can no longer thrive, either.