Archive for the ‘bugs’ Category
Bugs and certain animals may be smarter than we think. Actually I think its about keeping themselves clean and not walking through their own excrement. I’ve known for a long time that when honeybees or ant encounter death they discard the body away from their home. So it just makes good sense to keep the poo at an arms length away from the home. To bad we didn’t think of this sooner, many diseases could have been prevented.
One of the calls I get this time of year concerns this little fellow above, the Crane Fly. It looks like a mosquito on steroids and are in the same Order Diptera (= two wings) as mosquitoes. Crane Flies are found throughout the world, in Arizona generally right after the Spring rains we see them and then all of a sudden they are gone (usually living only 10 – 15 days). The larvae are found near water and eat organic materials and become food for fish and other small insects.
Just after emerging from her pupa case she seeks out a male, mates and lays eggs in moist soil. So hang in there they won’t be around long. Oh I almost forgot they don’t bite so no worries.
I think this is a Orchid Tree, Bauhinia variegate. The honeybees were going crazy on this tree, it sounded like a whirling buzzing noise and the tree was covered with bees pollinating.
When the bees are out gathering nectar and pollen generally speaking they will not attack, if you bother them or swat at them they may defend and sting you but they are not in hive defense mode. A lot of people panic when they see a few bees on a tree or bush, the honeybees are just there to gather the fruit of their labor. The same goes with water areas, this could also be your pool or water fountain. Let them be and more than likely they will leave you be. We as humans can come into contact with bees daily so just take care and if you notice them coming and going from your home – just check them out and see exactly where they are coming from.
Looks can be deceiving because this little fellow looks harmless enough but some of these beetles can squirt a toxic spray at you. The one above is a Desert Skunk beetle and will point its little butt at you in a defensive posture. Some of these beetles use this as their defensive mechanism and can secrete a type of a blistering agent called cantharidin.
So you can look but don’t touch!
This article appears in the “Royal Society Publishing” “Group personality during collective decision-making: a multi-level approach.”
Group personality during collective decision-making: a multi-level approach | Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences
highlight that the individuals within groups exhibited consistent personality traits in their probability of sheltering and total time sheltered