Beeography

“The linden tree originated in Europe, and North American bumblebees may not be able to handle a chemical that occurs naturally in its nectar.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/06/30/us-usa-bees-oregon-idUKKCN0PA04G20150630)

Pesticide formulators have scrabbled to patent every substance in linden nectar. They hope to divert blame for the Great Bee Massacre to Victorian horticulturalists then sell it.

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Elephibeean

“Research on elephant behavior has shown that playbacks of African bees can produce alarm calls and retreat in African elephants [and] frog playbacks [may] protect water towers, as frogs can reportedly get stuck in an elephant’s trunk while drinking.” (http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0430-wildtech-hahn-elephant-warning-system.html)

I drink, as you know, through my nose;
I snort and then squirt like a hose.
But you’d say I’m drunk,
If I told you my trunk,
Holds a family of dope-flavoured toads.

Buzz

“Honeybees and bumblebees drank more from pesticide-containing solutions, … [with] a negative impact on their motor function and their ability to collect food and forage. … The most likely reason lies in the similarity of the [pesticide] chemicals to nicotine.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/04/22/us-environment-bees-pesticides-idUKKBN0ND24220150422)

That which does not kill us makes us dopier — Beedrich Beetzsche.

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A Bee Turn

“Despite the conclusions originally drawn by [the UK’s Food and Environment Research Agency], their data appear to provide the first clear evidence that colonies of free-flying bumblebees exposed to neonicotinoids used as part of normal farming practice suffer significant impacts in terms of reduced colony growth and queen production.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/26/uk-drew-wrong-conclusion-from-its-neonicotinoids-study-scientist-says)

The new conclusion has been drawn in more of a bee-line from the results.

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Neonicotypos

“Scientists on the Global Taskforce on Systemic Pesticides concluded that the widespread use of neonicotinoid pesticides is affecting earthworms, birds and bees and the quality of water and soils. … Bayer and Sygenta [sic] are suing the European Commission to lift its temporary ban on the three neonicotinoids. ‘The Commission must stand form against these bully-buy tactics.'” (http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/2790530/bees_victory_in_pesticide_battle_bayer_libel_action_dismissed.html)

This is worrying evidence that the toxic effect has already spread to humans.

Been

“More than 23,000 people across the UK took part in the [Great British Bee] count using a smartphone app to log their sightings of 830,000 bees.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/28/first-great-british-bee-count-reveals-allotments-make-best-bee-habitats)

The phone app required each citizen scientist to make a ‘two bee call,’ which suits birds as well as bees.

Innovation

“Gears are not the only mechanical solutions that were long thought to be unique to human engineering and then found to have been mastered by evolution [the plant hopper Issus coleoptratus has rounded joints that connect its hind legs with a series of tiny intermeshing teeth like cogs]. The screw-and-nut system is another example … in the legs of a weevil beetle. … Honeybees ‘couple the movement of both wings to stabilize their flight by using pegs … like Velcro.'” (http://www.nature.com/news/insect-leg-cogs-a-first-in-animal-kingdom-1.13723)

(Human) Narcissity is Mother Nature’s invention.