June 25, 2005 |
Bumblebees act like copycats, following another bee's lead when foraging for food in unfamiliar flowers, according to a study in this week's issue of the journal Current Biology. This research on the "bumblebee mind" may offer insight into the survival and growth of plant species that depend on bees for pollination. The insects' social interactions, such as "bee dances," are among the most complex systems of communication in the animal kingdom.
March 16, 2004 |
[ BOMBUS VOSNESENSKII ] On warm spring days big hairy bees meander in heavy flight. Though bulky and apparently clumsy, bumblebees have a rather swift survival strategy. Unlike smaller bees, which wait to come out until late in the season, bumblebees take advantage of early blooming wildflowers. Many of these flowers have evolved anthers that release pollen to only the larger bees.
August 22, 2001 |
I caught my son combing his hair the other day. That's new. For 12 years, the way his hair was when he woke up in the morning--matted down like wet grass or sticking out like pine needles--that's how he left it. But now, he wets his hair very carefully. Then he takes a brush and combs it forward, making it flat and even. Then he parts it in the middle and swirls it out to the sides. I am dating myself horribly here, but he looks exactly like a character Ernie Kovacs played, Percy Dovetonsils.
October 9, 1988 |
NO CREATURE UNDER the sun--not the ant, not the honeybee, not the Type-A personality--is busier than the big, fuzzy, black-and-yellow bumblebee. Compared to the bumblebee, those other creatures are so lazy and indolent as not to deserve mention in the same sentence. That is because of one key fact: The bumblebee heats its body through exercise. A bumblebee cannot fly until its wing muscles reach about 86 degrees Fahrenheit. It does best at about 95 degrees.
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September 8, 1987 |
Westminster firefighters, trying to cut a critically injured woman from a crumpled car beside the San Diego Freeway early Monday, had to withstand wave after wave of attacks from two nests of bumblebees disturbed by the wreck. The early morning accident--in which the car sailed off the freeway and out of sight down a freeway embankment, killing its driver--lay undiscovered for more than an hour, officers estimated.
September 8, 1985 |
Can lessons about life be learned in a childhood hobby? The answer is emphatically affirmative, if you take note of the life of George T. Scharffenberger, the recently elected chairman of the University of Southern California's board of trustees and an internationally known businessman and financier. What he observed, as a youngster raising bees, is that "their efforts are disciplined and cooperative. No bee wanders off aimlessly on its own.