Monthly Archives: February 2017

Navigating While Walking Backward

The Spanish Desert Ant, Cataglyphis velox is a good model for studying orientation. They live in the desert where the landscape is flat and relatively uncluttered. Ant colonies have many individuals that can provide a pool of test subjects. Ants … Continue reading

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Rusty Patch Bumblebee Update

The USFWS published a revised decision on the Rusty Patch Bumblebee. The rule placing it on the Endangered Species List was scheduled to be in effect today, February 10, 2017. However, that rule along with all other rules published but … Continue reading

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Living With Asian Hornets

The Asian or “Yellow Legged” Hornet, Vespa velutina, is spreading in Europe and in 2016, reached the UK. First found in France in 2004, perhaps imported in a shipment of pottery from Asia, the Asian Hornet has adapted to European … Continue reading

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Paper Wasps in Winter

Paper Wasps build nests in sheltered areas and expand their colonies in the summer. In fall, the colony will disband. All the males and unmated females will die. Mated females (queens) will seek shelter from the elements, resting under leaves … Continue reading

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Fooling the Flower Visitors

Flowers can increase their pollination efficiency by attracting insects that carry their pollen to a nearby flower of the same species. Most flowers act in “good faith”. They reward the insect pollinators with nutrient-containing nectar. One South African orchid,┬áDisa ferruginea,┬áhas … Continue reading

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Living With Insect Art

Artist Aganetha Dyck has been working with honeybees for 20 years. Her honeybee art involves placing objects in bee hives where they are covered with wax by the bees. Unfortunately, her exposure to bees has led to an allergy to … Continue reading

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Rusty Patch Bumblebee Redux

Last month. I posted about the Rusty Patch Bumblebee being added to the endangered species list with a recovery plan from the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). The FWS finalized the plan before the Trump administration took office. However, … Continue reading

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