"Welcome to my home, take a seat on the couch, make yourself comfortable, and pay no mind to the thousands of boxes of mechanical bees, those don’t mean anything to you, not yet anyway."

Adrena “Mining Bee” Adrenidae
on Ranunculus glaberrimus “Sagebrush Buttercup” Ranunculaceae

Council Grove State Park, MT
March 16, 2015
Robert Niese

Adrena is one of the world’s largest genera of bees. There are probably only a few people in all of North America who possess the specialized knowledge necessary to make a reliable species identification. Adrena bees are remarkably cold tolerant and are some of the first small bee species to frequent flowers in the spring, although this little guy was clearly struggling with the chilly morning air.

Check out the Reuters article: “Environmental group seeks greater protection for USDA scientists.” It reports about how:

An environmental activist group has filed a legal petition with the U.S. Department of Agriculture seeking new rules that would enhance job protection for government scientists whose research questions the safety of farm chemicals. …

According to the petition, some scientists working for the federal government are finding their research restricted or censored when it conflicts with agribusiness industry interests. …

Research into glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, and neonicotinoid insecticides, which have been linked to honey bee and monarch butterfly endangerment, face particular scrutiny, [Jeff] Ruch said.

One senior scientist at the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service told Reuters he has experienced harassment and censorship.

"Your words are changed, your papers are censored or edited or you are not allowed to submit them at all," said the scientist, who asked not to be named.

auxiliatrixy asked: hi, Skylar! do you know what laughing is? it’s something humans do when we are happy or find something very funny. so if you are ever happy or fond something very funny, you can indicate it by saying “ha” or even “ahaha” or other variants.

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hi auxiliatrixy

bees did read through some one wings airplanes negative things favorite pokemon. ahaha?