Three Thyreas. The humpbacked bees are nest parasites, in this case they lays their eggs in the nests of Blue-banded Bees (Amegilla). The glittery blue one was collected in the Philippines by C.F. Baker in the early part of the last century. Baker collected insects throughout the islands and his important collection ended up in the Smithsonian after his early death in the 20’s.
The white one is an unknown species from Ethiopia. You can see from frazzled ends of the wings this female was relatively old. Like all Thyreus it breaks into the nests of Amegilla and perhaps other related species such as Anthophora. An odd rather hump-backed shape for a bee, lovely patterns of short appressed highly plumose brilliant white hairs. More designs for the fashionistas to copy.
one says “Do you believe in psychology?” “Do you believe in biology?” “Do you
believe in metaphysics?” “Do you believe in zoology?” “Do you believe in
engineering?” “Do you believe in sociology?”
is a science (a social science, or a pseudo science), and it’s not something that requires
“belief.“ It’s not a creedal religion.
requires a belief in the one true God; Vaishnava requires you to believe Vishnu
is the one true God, and all others are various reincarnations of him. Astrology has no deities, no moral codes. There’s no rules of conduct, nothing (or no one) we worship. We do not lay claims to knowing the future or past.
Astrology is a set of data. Astrology is a collection of patterns studied vigorously to make predictions about future and past circumstances, and what those may indicate - much like meteorology.
is a “science”, a tool, that’s "unverified’ because man lack the ability at
this current point in scientific and technological development, in addition to
other factors. Perhaps someday this may change; just as Psychology was
originally considered a load of horse crap. Once man learned how the brain
worked, how hormones and bodily chemicals affect us, studied how our
environments mold us, and conducted many other studies - all of which happened
quite recently - it became valid.
believe Astrology will follow down a similar path, with similar results. But
for now, let’s step away from the notion that Astrology is about believing in
it; it’s about use.
you find Astrology useful, or you don’t.
Personally, I find it extremely useful. It’s
easier for me to say “I have a Moon in Pisces.” than to say “I like time to be
alone every now and then. I need to retreat from the world to recharge my
batteries. I come back out after a while, but I need isolation.”
is our language. It’s how we say a lot with only a few words, it’s how we express
vast ideas and concepts in an extremely brief sentence. It’s a tool for us to
understand and communicate, and hope others understand too.
Astrology is a tool to gain insight into people that we normally wouldn’t be able
…for taking a bunch of quick lil’ photos of my new and some old Minis. I’ve been hunting down Robecca and Twyla for a good while and finally got them both. Although I only collect the Original Ghouls, Ragdoll Frankie had to be part of my Christmas decoration. I also decided to get Pattern Skelita, because she’s a better match with my costumized normal sized Skelita. Plus: Toralei. She. Is. Gorgeous. (>^u^