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Wintering Down

Hieme conduntur — unde enim firmae pruinas nivesque et aquilonum flatus perferre vires? — sane et insecta omnia, sed minus diu quae parietibus nostris occultata mature tepefiunt. circa apes aut temporum locorumve ratio mutata est, aut erraverunt priores. conduntur a vergiliarum occasu et latent ultra exortum — adeo non ad veris initium, ut dixere, nec … Continue reading

Further Adventures of the Fuzzy Five, or Exactly How Bald Can a Bird Get?

Erithacus rubecula Latin name for Robin (British, for the American Robin an entirely different term,Turdus Migratorious–no sniggering in the back there!) sed hae tantae tamque artifices argutiae a XV diebus paulatim desinunt, nec ut fatigatas possis dicere aut satiatas. mox aestu aucto in totum alia vox fit, nec modulata aut varia; mutatur et color. postremo … Continue reading

Fenland Bee Artist Colony

 primum favos construunt, ceram fingunt, hoc est domos cellasque faciunt, dein subolem, postea mella,ceram ex floribus, melliginem e lacrimis arborum quae glutinum pariunt, salicis, ulmi, harundinis suco, cummi, resina.   Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, Karl Friedrich Theodor Mayhoff, Ed.  Who are we to stand in the way of artistes? I mean, I thought we had … Continue reading

Swarm: the Aftermath

Like Plato, I became rather eloquent after the bee visitation, but probably not in quite the same way…. tunc ostenta faciunt privata ac publica, uva dependente in domibus templisque, saepe expiata magnis eventibus.  sedere in ore infantis tum etiam platonis, suavitatem illam praedulcis eloquii portendentes from Chap18 Happy Omens Sometimes Afforded by a Swarm of … Continue reading

There’s an Air of Expectancy Around Here or Will They or Won’t They? (1)

Hieme conduntur-unde enim firmae puinas nivesque et aquilonum flatus perferre vires? – sane et insect omnia, sed minus diu quae parietibus nostris occultata mature tepefiunt. circa apes aut temporum locorumve ratio mutate est, aut erraverunt priories. conduntur a vergiliarum occasu et latent ultra exortum – adeo non as veris initium, ut dixere, nec quisquam in … Continue reading

And Suddenly Descends the Spectre of Death*

Cornices et alio pabulo, ut quae duritiam nucis rostro repugnantem volantes in altum in saxa tegulasve iaciant iterum ac saepius, donec quassatam perfringere queant. ipsa ales est inauspicatae garrulitatis, a quibusdam tamen laudata. ab arcturi sidere ad hirundinum adventum notatur eam in Minervae lucis templisque raro, alicubi omnino non aspici, sicut Athenis; * inauspicatissima fetus … Continue reading

Swarming Bees? Bring it!

Our Christmas Nuc Umido vere melior fetus, sicco mel copiosius; quod si defecit aliquas alvos cibus, impetum in proxas faciunt rapinae proposito. at illae contra derigunt aciem et, si custos adsit, alterutra pars, quae sibi favere sensit, non adpetit eum. ex aliis quoque saepe dimicant causis duasque acies contrarias duosque imperatores instruunt, maxime rixa in … Continue reading

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