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Strawberry Moon

You might notice that I started this post over two weeks ago from the title, for we are no longer under the Strawberry Moon but the Buck Moon. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac July is the month of the Full Buck Moon. At this time, a buck’s antlers are in full growth mode. This Full Moon … Continue reading

We suffer more often in apprehension than in reality….

Seneca,  the Roman Stoic philosopher, must have known something of the lot of the beekeeper: Plura sunt quae nos terrent quam quae premunt, et saepius opinione quam re laboramus. What a relief! We go through this every apres-swarming season: worry then relief. They never let us down, always demonstrating their resilience.  Ain’t nature grand? Of course, … Continue reading

Ok, I have heard of bees in trees and tree bees. But mountain climbing bees?

  Corripuere viam interea, qua semita monstrat. Iamque ascendebant collem, qui plurimus urbi imminet, adversasque adspectat desuper arces.                Miratur molem Aeneas, magalia quondam, miratur portas strepitumque et strata viarum… Qualis apes aestate nova per florea rura                exercet sub sole labor, cum gentis adultos educunt fetus, aut cum liquentia mella stipant et dulci distendunt nectare cellas, … Continue reading

I have heard of bees in trees, but tree bees?

Allow me to introduce you to Bombus hypnorum, the tree bee: Apparently, introductions are required in the UK, for even though this is a bumblebee common to Europe, it has only just recently made its way to the UK (first observed in 2001). It has moved as far west as Iceland in 2008. It has been receiving some attention … Continue reading

Let Summer wane and yield her place by slow degrees

Anne, bonis coepte auspiciis, da vere salubri apricas ventorum animas, da roscida Cancro solstitia et gelidum Boream Septembribus horis. mordeat autumnis frigus subtile pruinis et tenuata moris cesset mediocribus aestas. sementem Notus umificet, sit bruma nivalis, dum pater antiqui renovatur Martius anni. Ausonius, Decimus Magnus, with an English translation; Evelyn-White, Hugh G. (Hugh Gerard), text … Continue reading

The Zen Research of Bumbles Bumbling

You may recall in a previous post my mentioning my friend, Jo, and her bumblebees? After watching them bumbling about (and sometimes flying away in frustration) she took the advice of helping the girls get a sense of direction. Did it work? You view the data yourselves: Pollen Count You may also remember that Jo’s … Continue reading

Are ‘eu’ social?

No, not ‘e-u’ but as in ‘yew’  or ‘u’ or….Maybe you should just skip to the middle.  In the mean time, just know that They’re Alive! We, or rather my husband, mustered up the courage last weekend to invade bee space again. I had to do my taxes.  Believe me, bee stings would have been … Continue reading

The Birds

Yes, capitalized on purpose, because it is supposed to call to mind Hitchcock’s The Birds.  Maybe you will understand when you look at this: I know they don’t look like much in this picture, but there were anywhere from 30-50 starlings repeatedly landing in the garden.  That was bad enough, but if you look closely … Continue reading

Am I the Only One Confused about Neonicotinoid Pesticides?

Alius simul atque gratum alicui aliquid fecit, promptus est ad beneficium illi in accepta referendum; alius ad id non promptus est, ceterum tamen apud se ut de debitore cogitat et novit, quod fecit: alius quodammodo ne novit quidem, quod fecit, sed similis est viti, quae uvam protulit et nihil praeterea appetit, postquam semel fructum suum … Continue reading

“…And a mistle thrush in a cherry tree, falalalalalalala”

I am incredibly behind on my birdy posts, not because it’s been quiet around here during winter.  Quite the opposite.  It’s been extremely busy since autumn, losing one gang, gaining two, robin wars etc.  I will try to update my bird log in the next post. But for this one, I did want to take some … Continue reading

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