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Reviving a honey bee colony.

A once dying hive, given a second chance.
Given fresh brood, and nursery bee's.
A different queen has been added to this hive.
Hopefully the brood and new colony will encourage her to lay and she will be accepted by the new bees. She is still in a queen cage which protects her if the new bees don't take to her. This brood and nursery bees are from a flourishing hive. Tomorrow I will take her out of the cage, by that time I hope the bees accept her if they have not already.

#bees #beeswax #beekeeping #beekeeper #honeybee #beehive #apismellifera #europeanhoneybee #hymenoptera #britishbees #beehive #spring #insects #insectsofinstagram #bugs #entomology #wings #spring #nature #naturephotography #queenbee #beebrood #brood

Helped a little bumble bee yesterday with a spoon of sugar water. Look after them this summer ❤️🐝
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#bumblebee #bee #savethebees #helpthebees #lookafterourworld #honeybee #bekind #insect #hymenoptera #beesofinstagram #instagood #instapgoto #photooftheday

[ENTOMOLOGY]

Pharaoh ant
Monomorium pharaonis
(Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Myrmicinae)
Small (2 mm) yellow or light brown,
Almost found in urban areas like building, house, hospital etc. .
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#insect #insects #ento #entomology #biology #ant #hymenoptera #formicidae #myrmicinae #ptnipb #urban #urbanpest #smallant #pharaohant #

The beautiful Grey backed mining bee (Andrena vaga) digging a burrow in the sandy bank. You can see another bee's nest entrance just behind her.
It can be found only in 2 different sites in southern Kent!
#bees #solitarybee #andrenavaga #andrena #entomology #pollinators #hymenoptera #miningbee #Kent #dungeness #rspbdungeness

The flight ends here
Dead butterfly found by ants at a butterfly park in Aruba .
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#circleoflife #sadmood #butterflypark #butterfly #lepidoptera #tropicalisland #ants #caribbean #park #insect #lifeanddeath #formicidae #hymenoptera

Here's me watching bees.
And here is the enormous colony of Ashy Mining Bees (Andrena cineraria) that I was watching on Barnes Common today. #bee #bees #miningbee #hymenoptera #insect #entomology #barnescommon

Anyone good on #bugid able to tell me if this is a #syrphidae #hoverfly or some other #Hymenoptera pollinator? Definitely hovered and had some active booty action.

Yesterday we started with the first round of oxalic acid treatment for varroa. This is one of the hive out at the farm in Severino where we found all doing VERY well!!! 👏👏👏😌👏👏👏





For non beekeepers:
- Varroa destructor (Acari: Varroidae) is an obligate ectoparasitic mite of the honey bee, Apis mellifera (Hymenoptera: Apidae), feeds on the hemolymph of adult bees, larvae, and pupae in capped brood cells. One of the serious problems caused by Varroa is the transmission of viruses to honey bees which cause deadly diseases.

- Oxalic acid is an organic product widely used for controlling V. destructor because of its high efficacy (93.1 % ; [1*] ) and low risk of hive contamination.

When one thinks of brooding mothers, insects very rarely spring to mind. In most cases, eggs are laid and left to the mercy of nature. That is not the case with wingless female Giant cockroaches (Aptera fusca), which protect their young for a considerable time after they hatch. They mean serious business, when bothered they lean on their forelegs and point their abdomen upwards in a defensive stance, and squeek voilently for added affect! Very sweet and misunderstood creatures, our native cockroaches.

Next we have an incredible specimen. Is it a butterfly? Is it a dragonfly? No, its an adult Spotted Veld Antlion, from the family Myrmeleontidae (probably Palpares speciosus). These stunning creatures are regularly encountered when walking through mountainous fybos in the day, and flap off like drunk butterflies. Very succesful predators throuhout their life stages.

Check the legs on this beauty, the Long Legged Darkling Beetle (Stenocara longipes). A member of the Tok Tokkie family, Tenebrionidae, when these guys run they run fast!

The next photo underlies a very prolific and important service ants serve in the nutrient poor fynbos systems. The dark circle in the top centre of the picture is the entrance to the nest, and for the 5 minutes I knelt and watched these industrious animals, they carried countless seeds into their home, while simultaneously carrying countless husks and debris out. Ants are meticulous when it comes to nest cleanliness, and create chambers inside or areas outside, named middens, where they dump their waste. Many, many plants have coevolved with ants to produce fatty bodies on the outside of their seeds, called elaisomes, a nutritous reward which the ant grips onto and drags home. Once the elaisome has been chewed off, the ants push the large inedible seed to one of these middens. The seeds find themselves in favourable microsites, buried underground in middens safe from fire and predators, or in nutrient rich dump sites! The dispersal syndrome ins known as Myrmecochory, and occurs worldwide. Look at the number and variety of seedlings germinating from that midden!

Lastly, check the colours on this young milkweed locust! Beautiful!

Caba-Piranga (Polistes canadensis): Animal que possui hábito geralmente solitário e se abriga no forro das casas, acidentes com essa espécie geralmente são dolorosos, com inchaço local e podendo ocasionar febre, levando alguns dias para desinchar o local picado.
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#insects #entomology #entomologia #insectology #insetologia #polistes #hymenoptera #mi #redmi #caba #nature

This is an old hornets nest we found in a bat maternity box today. We knew they were using it last year (and stayed well away...) but decided to check today and luckily for us they are no longer using it. It’s an amazing structure! #hornet #hymenoptera #insect #nest #hornetnest #wildlife #nature #killerton #devon #ashclystforest #nationaltrust #batbox #bat

This morning I found some little bees 🐝- A population of them were digging holes and flying over the dry grasses and moss of a recreational field about an inch above the surface. This one I caught ducking back into the burrow when I made movements that were too abrupt. #hymenoptera #apoidea #spring #insecta #unidentified

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