“First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.”- MARTIN NIEMÖLLER
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Bees are flying insects closely related to wasps and ants, known for their role in pollination and, in the case of the best-known bee species, the European honey bee, for producing honey and beeswax. ...
There are nearly 20,000 known species of bees in seven to nine recognized families, though many are undescribed and the actual number is probably higher. They are found on every continent except Antarctica, in every habitat on the planet that contains insect-pollinated flowering plants.
Some species including honey bees, bumblebees, and stingless bees live socially in colonies. Bees are adapted for feeding on nectar and pollen, the former primarily as an energy source and the latter primarily for protein and other nutrients. Most pollen is used as food for larvae. Bee pollination is important both ecologically and commercially; the decline in wild bees has increased the value of pollination by commercially managed hives of honey bees.
The life cycle of a bee, be it a solitary or social species, involves the laying of an egg, the development through several moults of a legless larva, a pupation stage during which the insect undergoes complete metamorphosis, followed by the emergence of a winged adult. Most solitary bees and bumble bees in temperate climates overwinter as adults or pupae and emerge in spring when increasing numbers of flowering plants come into bloom. The males usually emerge first and search for females with which to mate. The sex of a bee is determined by whether or not the egg is fertilised; after mating, a female stores the sperm, and determines which sex is required at the time each individual egg is laid, fertilised eggs producing female offspring and unfertilised eggs, males. Tropical bees may have several generations in a year and no diapause stage.
Three bee maidens with the power of divination and thus speaking truth are described in Homer's Hymn to Hermes, and the food of the gods is "identified as honey"; the bee maidens were originally associated with Apollo, and are probably not correctly identified with the Thriae. Honey, according to a Greek myth, was discovered by a nymph called Melissa ("Bee"); and honey was offered to the Greek gods from Mycenean times. Bees were associated, too, with the Delphic oracle and the prophetess was sometimes called a bee.
The image of a community of honey bees has been used from ancient to modern times, in Aristotle and Plato; in Virgil and Seneca; in Erasmus and Shakespeare; Tolstoy, and by political and social theorists such as Bernard Mandeville and Karl Marx as a model for human society.In English folklore, bees would be told of important events in the household, in a custom known as "Telling the bees"
Monday, January 16, 2017
Most of Iowa was coated like this when the Monday morning of January 16, 2017 greeted us. It was treacherously slick on hard surfaces like concrete, but when I walked around on the grass, it sounded as if I was crushing potato chips, and I felt much safer. By 8 AM we were getting some light drizzle that began to freeze on top of the ice, although by Wednesday of this week it is to be up to 50 degrees. Dried seed heads, flower stems, leaves, and backyard objects took on a beautiful delicate appearance.
Don’t even think about going out!! Thanks!
Nothing much to report this week. BG says he would like to see some snow to cover up our dirty yard. But that probably won't happen for awhile.
BG went out to the flower shop to get his Bouquet for the week. We like having them.
Todd always sleeps on the floor. I go up on the couch but he never goes up there.
We do like to sleep together though.
The other night BG woke up and saw the moon out our window. It is kind of nice to see it. BG was happiest with this picture of the moon at our neighbor's home. It is a little fuzzy but we like it.
This is a picture of us by the TV.
We were listening to our favorite show.
We always like watching Brandon.
Here is Brandon. He is a great guy and we like that goes out and rescues and trains dogs so they can find a furr-over home.
Then he posed some pictures of us in our house.
Here is Todd peeking around the gate in his kennel. He isn't in there much but he can go in if he wants to.
Mr. DeMille got our close-ups this week.
We were watching our neighbor. BG let us go out so we could bark together.
Thanks to stopping to see us.