The unfairly maligned wasps — Scottish pollinators

I saw a wasp upon a wall And did not like his face at all: And so the creature had no time To wonder whether he liked mine. ‘Plain Murder’, A.G. Prys-Jones. The common wasp (Vespula vulgaris) and its close relative, the German wasp (Vespula germanica), are not likely candidates for the most loved […] The…

Patience, Young Grasshopper. — Through Open Lens

F/9.0, 1/320, ISO 250. Grasshopper Why don’t some doctors like being on hold? They don’t have a lot of patients. Interesting Fact: A large grasshopper, such as a locust, can jump about a metre (twenty body lengths) without using its wings; the acceleration peaks at about 20 g.[26] Grasshoppers jump by extending their large back…

Meet the Cornish Black Bee — The Cornish Bird

Could the Cornish Black Bee be an answer to the decline in bee population in the UK? The sad fact is that bees are in real trouble. In recent years the news coverage of their plight has become increasingly worrying. It is now estimated that of the roughly two thousand species of bee in Europe… via…

The importance of insects — Scottish pollinators

Insects and other invertebrates dominate virtually every ecosystem in the world. They represent about 80% of Earth’s biodiversity, and insects alone comprise over a million species. But this figure is just for the described species: their total number has been estimated to lie between 3 million and as many as 80 million. Scotland is the […]…

Among the Many Talents of the Humble Honey Bee: Arithmetic — TIME

Honey bees are capable of understanding complex arithmetic, according to a new study published Wednesday. Scientists discovered that bees can “learn to use blue and yellow as symbolic representations for addition or subtraction,” according to the report published in the peer-reviewed journal Science Advances. While many animals demonstrate an understanding of basic numbers for tasks… via…