National Pollinator Week

Last week was National Pollinator Week (June 15-21), a week-long celebration that I didn’t even know existed! Eight years ago the US Senate declared a week in June to be designated National Pollinator Week. It is now recognized internationally as … Continue reading

The A, B, C’s of Bees: ZZZZ the Sound of Bees

Flitting from flower to flower, collecting nectar and pollen, bees make a familiar buzzing sound.  But how do they do that, and does it serve a purpose?  I decided to find out! … Continue reading

The A, B, C’s of Bees: Gee Bee Y Sportster

The end of the alphabet is proving tricky for my bee theme.  This one is a stretch, but it’s the best I can do for the letter Y! The Gee Bee Y Sportster was a monoplane built by the Granville … Continue reading

The A, B, C’s of Bees: Xenophon

Xenophon was a Greek soldier and mercenary who recorded his expeditions and thus also became a writer and historian.  His most famous work, Anabasis, describes Cyrus’ attack on the Persians (of which he took part). But what is Xenophon’s connection … Continue reading

The A, B, C’s of Bees: Wax

Us humans really exploit bees.  Not only do we take their food (honey and royal jelly) and the mortar that fills the cracks in their hives (propolis), we also take their building material:  beeswax! … Continue reading