The domesticated honey bee dominates headlines as beekeepers struggle to stop mass die-offs. But they are not the only pollinators out there, and not the only bees that are declining.
“The needs of wild bees are so different that, as some experts say, raising honeybees to save pollinators is like raising chickens to help birds.”
Want to know more? Read about it here.
Until a real-life Jurassic Park is built (I’m still holding out hope), the closest you’ll come to facing down a dinosaur recently occurred by a heavy-equipment operator in Canada.
Want to read more? Or come face to face with a dinosaur yourself? Check it out here.
This title is not as excessive as it might seem at first. So let’s break it down.
The cicadas that live in DC are on a 17-year cycle. That means once every 17 years, they all emerge at once, make a ton of noise, leave their exoskeletons everywhere, mate, and go back into the ground. It’s pandemonium when it happens. If you want to know more, check out cicadamania.com.
The giant bug swarm is not due back till 2021, but some of these giant menaces are climbing out early. Four years early actually, as in, right now. Scientists aren’t entirely sure why this is happening. What to know more about the confused (“Crazy”), larger than mosquitoes (“Giant”) insects (“Bugs”) that are showing up before their time (“Invasion”)? Read about it here.
For this Saturday, I hope you are enjoying the spring, the bees the flowers the plants and insects coming out of dormancy.
And I also hope you enjoy this flower time-lapse video that Jamie Scott spent the last three years filming.
Back in the sixties, a group of hunters in Oregon were found dead at their campsite, and the only clue to what had killed them was – there was a newt that was boiled in their coffee pot.
Want to know how this is related to coevolution, or learn about the awesome work being done by rockstar evolutionary biologist Joel McGlothlin from Virginia Tech?
Check out the Pulse of the Planet audio program.
Sadly, the people who want the border wall, likely will not care that it will drastically impact wildlife along the border.
But over at Vox, an excellent piece by Eliza Barclay and Sarah Frostenson lays out an amazing argument (and demonstrates visually) how this will impact biodiversity along the border.
Sadly, as this wall becomes a reality (if it becomes a reality) this is not the first or the last time we’ll be having this discussion.
I LOVE ME SOME TRANSITIONAL FOSSILS!
But this one is particularly interesting, as it fills a crucial hole in the fossil record and demonstrates how four-limbed creatures became established on land. Found on the Scottish border, it’s called (wait for it…) Tiny.
Read about it here!