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Bee City USA

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past decade, you have heard the alarming news that bees are disappearing. Since reports of Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD, began wiping out whole colonies of the insects around 2006, an alarm began to be sounded not just among bee keepers, but also anyone who likes … » Read the rest

Working Insects

This one falls under the “I thought I had seen everything” category. I thought there was nothing left in this world that was so strange, new or bizarre to absolutely astonish me. Nothing. Until I heard about the cyborg cockroaches with surveillance backpacks. Huh. Okay, so I haven’t seen everything.

There is a team of scientists … » Read the rest

Death of a Forest

“I THINK that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.”
I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Kilmer, trees are wonderful. Who doesn’t love a beautiful tree? So versatile, they give you beautiful blossoms in the spring, shade in the summer, fruit in the fall, offer refuge to birds and animals and the very best … » Read the rest

Orange Butterfly Blues

Its not often you see the government being sued because of its lack of protection for an insect, but this is what has happened this week with the monarch butterfly. An environmental group, the Natural Resources Defense Council has sued the Environmental Protection Agency for allowing an extreme depletion of the butterfly.

Beautiful Insects

Butterflies are … » Read the rest

Weather Prediction in the Natural World

Everyone knows it’s all a bit of fun, something to look forward to in the middle of winter. No one actually puts stock in a rodent predicting the weather, especially when the test is whether or not he sees his shadow. This year it was overcast and he still saw his shadow, go figure.

“Old Wives … » Read the rest

Pets or Pests

Pets. Almost everyone has at least one. A cute fuzzy kitty or a floppy eared hound dog, a fluffy bunny or even a happy, talking bird. I had a turtle once, won it at a school Fun Fair. It escaped from its bowl and strangely, was never found again. Animals are beloved because they give us … » Read the rest

The End of Mosquitoes?

GMO – Genetically modified organisms. Just the mention of it can send shivers up the spine of a wary consumer. A poll done recently showed 52% of those polled think that GMO foods are unsafe to eat and a whopping 93% said that any food with ingredients that have been “bio-engineered” should feature a label indicating » Read the rest

Gone Batty!

It is a most unfortunate tendency of humans to not appreciate what we have till its gone. Seems like we are so focused on solving an immediate problem that we do not have the foresight to envision what effects that fix might have on things around it.

For instance, it wasn’t until honey bees started dying … » Read the rest

The Beauty of Fireflies

It is cold. I guess that isn’t news, its January after all, but it is much colder than normal. And, I hate the cold. Not just dislike it, I HATE it. Granted, this IS the deep south, so it’s not as cold, as say, New England, but still!

So, what am I thinking of this chilly … » Read the rest

After a While, Crocodile!

When you think of pests, what comes to mind? Ants, termites, cockroaches, rats? All of the above and many others? Where do crocodiles fit it, or do they? Hmmmmm, have to think about that one.

The American Crocodile

Take for instance the crocodiles that live in the Americas. They are found in warm, tropical waters, like … » Read the rest