I am not the only one who appreciates the natural mallard pond! A number of insects** have been hanging out around the area, sunning themselves on the rocks, and grabbing a drink of water when needed.
It’s an often-overlooked, but vital part of permacultural planning: birds, bees, and butterflies all need a place where they can grab a drink, or warm up on something with a high heat capacity.
This pond drains fully, so it usually can’t support a generation of mosquitoes (they usually require ten days with standing water to spawn), but in the few days after a rainstorm, it can be a perfect watering hole for the local life!
Flow Hive is a revolutionary beehive invention, allowing you to harvest honey without opening the hive and with minimal disturbance to the bees. The ground-breaking project launched on Indiegogo earlier this year with a modest goal of $70,000 USD.
The project became a worldwide sensation and Indiegogo’s most successful crowdfunding campaign in history, raising $12,204,614 USD, 17,435% beyond their initial goal
Are there different breeds of bees like different breeds of dogs?
Well “breeds” isn’t exactly the right term, breeds are usually a group of animals of one species, that have been artificially selected to encourage particular traits, from the short snout of a pug to a breed of wheat that produces the most flour.
Organisms in the natural world are classified through a series of descending groups, to reflect on the branching nature of evolution. This classification is called taxonomy, and here is a visual idea of how it works:
The pyramid represents the way that each group “fits” into the last, it’s a bit like how you may have folders on your computer set up, the first is quite general, and then you may have a folder within that one that is slightly more specific, but still within that general subject. So you may have a folder for games, and within that one, a folder for FPS games, and within that a folder for the specific game you’re looking for. And so, a species is part of a genus, a genus is part of a family, a family is part of an order, ect ect. So the taxonomy for bees is as follows:
Kingdom: Animalia (Animals) Phylum: Anthropoda (Anthropods, including animals from crabs to spiders) Class: Insecta (Insects) Order: Hymenoptera (The third largest order of insects, including animals such as bees, ants, sawflies ect) Suborder: Apocrita (A suborder of Hymenoptera, including bees, wasps and ants) Superfamily: Apoidea (Bees and wasps)
Then there are nine families of bees, and within those families there are subfamilies, and within those subfamilies there are species, have I lost you? Hahaha! Sorry, this is what I study/want to study, so I find this fascinating, but others may not. Anyway, the family Apidae contains most of the bees we usually see, the honeybees, stingless bees, carpenter bees, cuckoo bees, and bumblebees, and within those groups there are species, so for instance there is 24 species of bumblebees in Britain currently.
So yes, there are different types of bees, too many to list to be honest. :)