Honey Bees and Bumble Bees

Honey bees get all the press. There’s the very obvious reason that they are used commercially to produce honey and to pollinate flowers. In the US, hives are transported hundreds of miles to pollinate almond and cherry trees and others. And why are they transported? It’s because the trees are imports, or the great, great,Continue reading “Honey Bees and Bumble Bees”

Wuhan Press Conference 25 Feb 2020

It seems a world away since Dr Bruce Aylwood gave his press conference on 25 Feb 2020 on his return from China with teams looking at how China has dealt with COVID-19 Dr. Bruce Aylward, International team lead for the World Health Organization-China joint mission on COVID-19 held a news conference in Geneva and toldContinue reading “Wuhan Press Conference 25 Feb 2020”

You Thought The ‘R’ Number Was Exact

From The Times – reported in the 30 January 2021 issue of The Week Numbers influence social policy, says Ed Conway, but none have had such a huge impact on our lives as the “R number”. We know it’s a measure of how many people, on average, someone with Covid is likely to infect. WeContinue reading “You Thought The ‘R’ Number Was Exact”

Not Safe, Not Safer, Not Safe

Reprinted from my article on NoMorePencils Remember the Exxon Valdez that ruptured when it hit a reef off the coast of Alaska? The oil tanker owned by the Exxon Shipping Company, spilled 11 million gallons of crude oil into Alaska’s Prince William Sound on March 24, 1989. It caused the world’s biggest maritime environmental disaster.Continue reading “Not Safe, Not Safer, Not Safe”

Colony Collapse Disorder: USDA Report Devastating Losses

“Colonies Lost with Colony Collapse Disorder Symptoms with Five or More Colonies – United States: 2019 and 2020[Loss reported that met all of the following criteria: 1) Little to no build-up of dead bees in the hive or at the hive entrance 2) Rapid loss of adult honey bee population despite the presence of queen,Continue reading “Colony Collapse Disorder: USDA Report Devastating Losses”

Can You Identify This Flower (Solved)

My first thought (how do these things pop into one’s head?) was bistort, but then it plainly wasn’t. I looked in a wildflower book and the nearest were some mint varieties – but it wasn’t any of them. Then I asked on Twitter and Facebook, and on Twitter the answer came from Martin (@botanicalmartin) whoContinue reading “Can You Identify This Flower (Solved)”