OK now time was vital, I had got to move quickly. I’d recently heard a tale about someone just popping home to get a ladder and by the time they came back the bees had found a new abode and were off to move in. They didn’t leave anyone their new address!
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I WAS looking forward to a nice relaxing Saturday. A long breakfast, feet up, reading the weekend papers. It was a beautiful sunny day, probably the warmest this year, so I planned a couple of hours in the garden followed by a pampering session. I had a night out planned and it had been a while since I really spent some time getting ready so it would be a nice bubble bath, pedicure, manicure, hair styled. Yes, a good day …
Since most foliage is green, flowers have developed a range of colours to contrast against the surrounding foliage and attract insects.
A simple and the commonest way of ensuring cross pollination is to have the anther (producing the pollen) mature at different times from the stigma (receptor for the pollen). If the anther (pollen) matures first then the stigma of the same flower is not ready to receive pollen but another flower is (protandry).
BOTH PLANTS and insects evolved over many millions of years but the earliest examples were quite unlike present day species, with wingless insects believed to be present as long ago as 400 million years. Fossil records are fragmentary but there is evidence of ancestors of Hymenoptera (the group to which ants, wasps and bees belong) in the Jurassic period. The earliest flowering plants also appeared during this period.
Towns ‘Probably’ Better for Bees than the Countryside The decline of insects like bees, butterflies and hoverflies, that pollinate 80%t of plants in Britain, is causing concern for agriculture and food security. The Government has invested millions of pounds in investigating disease in colonies and conservation work across the countryside. But according to researchers at […]
Travels in Blood and Honey: Becoming a beekeeper in Kosovo Elizabeth Gowing Tweet Share Pin Share +1Total Shares 0
Apis Through the Looking Glass a close-up look at Apis mellifera – the honeybee Graham Royle, NDB Tweet Share Pin Share +1Total Shares 0