Tag Archives: nature

you say cicada, i say cicado.

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it’s been 17 years and they’re back!

they been sitting around underground

patiently waiting

for a dramatic return

no reason to stress

instead

our library has created a city-wide bingo game in their honor

what could be more fun?

and i’ve already got my free spot filled.

 

Cicada Summer

Brood X has ARRIV- er, EMERGED from the depths to see YOU!!!! 

But have YOU seen THEM? HEARD them?? READ ABOUT THEM??? FOUND THEIR SHELLS???? 

If you have, you may have one or more boxes checked off on our CICADA SUMMER BINGO!!! 

From your friends at the Ann Arbor Public Libraries

“i work even in the middle of the day, in the full sunshine, and i enjoy it like a cicada.”

-vincent van gogh

source and photo credits: ann arbor district library, cicada@aadl.org

serenade.

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a warm welcome from mother nature

walking with

2 grands

through

1 park

1 forest

finding

3 sister lakes

mother nature

and

forest daddy

a family affair.

3rd sister lake

“In memory of “Daddy” Filbert Roth

Head of Forestry School (UM)

1902-1923

By his Forestry Boys

 

“nature is a serenade for souls willing to hear.”

-saba k.

 

Dolph Park,  Saginaw Forest, 3 Sister Lakes – Ann Arbor, MI, USA

June 2021

waving.

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yeti and olive – one waves hello, one nods goodbye

 

“nature is forever arriving and forever departing, forever approaching, forever vanishing;

but in their vanishings there seems to be ever the waving of a hand,

in all her partings a promise of meeting farther along the road.”

-richard le gallienne – english poet

 

buzzed.

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Bees Love Caffeine, Too

Even the busiest bees need a little pick-me-up in the morning. A study by researchers at the University of Sussex finds that bees love a little caffeine, and prefer nectar that gives them a little extra buzz.

The paper, published in the journal Current Biology tested bees’ preferences for caffeinated nectar and an equal-quality but non-caffeinated alternative. As many as 55 percent of plants have low concentrations of caffeine in their nectar, and previous research has found that caffeinated nectar can increase bees’ memory of a flower’s scent.

When presented with a pair of sugary nectars in the lab, one with caffeine and one without, bees foraged for food more when they ate the caffeinated nectar, and directed their fellow bees to that food source more often. They directed other bees to the caffeinated nectar four times more than when they had eaten non-caffeinated nectar, and would return to the source of caffeine even after that feeder had run dry. After eating caffeinated nectar, they were less likely to seek out other sources of food. In short, they got sort of addicted.

Plants “may be tricking the honey bee by securing loyal and faithful foraging and recruitment behaviors, perhaps without providing the best quality forage,” University of Sussex researcher Margaret Couvillon explains. The bees get tricked into thinking the caffeinated nectar is a higher quality food source than it really is, and aren’t too interested in diversifying their nectar sources.

celebrate the bees

today on world bee day

and every day

 —

“if we die, we’re taking you with us.”

-The Bees

 

credits: mental floss, shaunacy ferro, entomology today

under the canopy.

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after hiking to the secret climbing tree

 mother nature designed

only for kids

we enter under the canopy of emerald leaves

to find the magic inside. 

“wood is only one-syllable word, but behind it lies a world full of beauty and wonder.”     

-theodor heuss