now this is what i call a room with a view.
“when you chop wood, chips fly”
it’s been 17 years and they’re back!
they been sitting around underground
for a dramatic return
no reason to stress
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
3 sister lakes
3rd sister lake
“In memory of “Daddy” Filbert Roth
Head of Forestry School (UM)
By his Forestry Boys
“nature is a serenade for souls willing to hear.”
Dolph Park, Saginaw Forest, 3 Sister Lakes – Ann Arbor, MI, USA
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
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.”
credits: mental floss, shaunacy ferro, entomology today