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Ah, They’re a Bunch of Old Softies Really

Verum ubi ductores acie revocaveris ambo, deterior qui visus, eum, ne prodigus obsit, dede neci; melior vacua sine regnet in aula. But when both leaders from the battlefield are recalled, do to death him who seems inferior, that he be not a waste and bane; let the better reign in a clear court. Virgil The Georgics … 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

Hey, Virgil, wasps are people too, according to Rosa Luxemburg

Hanschen, a wasp!  Really the first young slender wasp, which obviously just woke up this morning, and it’s buzzing away right now in my room!  It flew in through the open window and immediately hurled itself against the closed upper pane.  One inch below it the window is wide open, but it continues to bore … Continue reading

You say ‘pizza’, Virgil says ‘placenta’, or where Boris Johnson should have gone during that week of holiday*

In a week where there have been rumors that Bill Clinton is now a vegan, it is good to hear that there are people somewhere on the planet combining the learning of Latin with the ordering of junk food (although I for one think classifying pizza as junk food is a highly debatable point, certain … Continue reading

Georgics Book IV, or since when are we running a spa?

BkIV:8-29 Location and Maintenance of the Apiary at liquidi fontes et stagna virentia musco adsint, et tenuis fugiens per gramina rivus, palmaque vestibulum aut ingens oleaster inumbret, ut, cum prima novi ducent examina reges vere suo, ludetque favis emissa iuventas, vicina invitet decedere ripa calori, obviaque hospitiis teneat frondentibus arbos. in medium, seu stabit iners, … Continue reading

Georgics Book IV: SWARM!

Georgics BkIV:67-102 The Fighting Swarms ergo ubi ver nactae sudum camposque patentes, erumpunt portis, concurritur; arthere in alto fit sonitus; magnum mixae glomerantur in orbem, praecipitesque cadunt; non densior aere grando, nec de concussa tantum pluit ilice glandis.  From P. Vergili Maronis, Georgicon Liber IV, T.E. Page editor, MacMillan 1909 (pdf copy from http://www.textkit.com/learn/ID/163/author_id/80/) So, … Continue reading

Georgics Book IV, or who stole our bees and left us with these imposters?

aliae purissima mella stipant, et liquido distendunt nectare cellas. sunt, quibis ad portus cecidit custodia sortis, inque vicum speculantur aquas et nubila caeli I thought it worthwhile to repeat a few lines from the last bee post concerning nectar production.  Last summer, and right up to the time we closed the hive down for the … Continue reading

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