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Phasmette and I are reunited again 😍👌💕
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We keep bees (but we wish they'd keep themselves). In drought (or non-stop rain), beekeepers need to feed.
The dark brown comb in a hive is called "brood" (bee babies). With the sun behind you, hold a frame & look to see if yours are bathed in jelly. If cells aren’t all the way full - it's time to feed. “Dry brood” (or very little brood) is a sign of starving bees.
Fail to feed in time & the bees will cannibalize every egg the queen lays every 1/2 second & your hive will decline rapidly. No eggs, no babies... & in a few weeks you’ll have no hive.
Feed only sugar water & you’ll still have no babies. When not enough is flowering, nectar & pollen are both scarce & must be fed if you don’t see pollen stored in your frames in abundance.
Sugar water is definitely not a nutritional equal to nectar, but unlike wild animals (bears, squirrels, birds..), bees won’t consume any substitutes if nature has enough available.
Feeding is something I didn’t used to do & debated hard, but despite my true hippie ways, I feed (just like I’ll treat mites with organic substances) - if it means the hive will die otherwise. I’ve decided that increasing the populations of any & all bee species is my goal.
For many beeks (& especially in drought states) feeding (like treating for mites), is life or death. Many hives collapse in Fall & beeks will cluelessly say (as I did), “my hive just died.” #LearnToReadTheCombs
I feed a 50% sugar-to-water mix by weight on a kitchen scale. Boil the water add the sugar. I also feed (ONLY) UltraBee almond pollen (tastes like marzipan! *see ScientificBeekeeping.com’s data comparison of all pollen patties). Feeding sugar water is expensive - hives can go thru up to a gallon a day.
*Do NOT* feed stevia /organic /brown sugar - it’s too complex for bees to digest.
My favorite feeders (because they don’t attract robbing & bees can’t drown!):
Blythewood Bee Company’s “Ceracell” & for 8-frame hives, BeeWorks.com “Rapid Feeder.”
🐝🐝🐝🌻Please follow @s_p_honey - my talented gardener, pie-making, beekeeping friend who took this great pic & SO many more.

This lil guy was just begging to be photographed! 🐛#caterpillar #insectgram #legsfordays #entomology

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In the black,there is some white.
In the wrong, there is some right.
In the dark,there is some light.
In the blind,there is some sight.
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This lil guy was just begging to be photographed! 🐛#caterpillar #insectgram #legsfordays #entomology

もうちょっとだけ、陽が出ると撮りやすいんだけど、、
このイモムシは、一体、何になるのだろう、、
catapillar
#photography #photo #tokyo #design #bee #beautiful #bugs #insects #insectguru #insectfact #king_insects #pocket_insects #nishiazabu #昆虫採集#虫好き#insectgram #uwn_insect #insectagram#insectphotography #insectsaddict #pocket_family
#butterfly #catapillar #naturephotography #insect_of_our_world #mta_macro

Individuo molesto al ser removido de la banqueta para trasladarlo al “área verde”. Previo a la fotografía, golpea el vehículo (basura de yakult tomada de la escena)

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Phasmette and I are reunited again 😍👌💕
#insectgram #phasm #truelove

Stick insects are so named for their effective camouflage among the woody plants where they feed. They even imitate twigs swaying in the wind by rocking back and forth as they move! If a predator grabs hold of a stick insect's leg, it can still make an escape. The stick insect simply sacrifices their leg, using a special muscle to break it off at a weak joint. Juvenile stick insects will regenerate the missing limb the next time they molt and some adults can even force themselves to molt sooner to regain a lost leg. I photographed this one in the Loholoka forest of Madagascar 🍃 #stickinsect #insects #insectsofinstagram #insectgram #insect #insectphoto #insectphotography #wildlifephotography #wildlife #insectlovers #nature #naturephotography #naturelovers #camouflage #stick #madagascar #entomology #leaf #entomologist #wildlifephotographer #naturalworld #phasmid #phasmidsofinstagram #invert #stickinsectsofinstagram #invertebrate #bugslife #bug #🍃

Insects are facing an unprecedented period of extinction - thanks to human farming. Insects are critical for biodiversity and our survival. And while lots of time and money is spent getting rid of them, there is little research done into what the consequences of this may hold for humans and the planet.....🐛🦋🕷🐞🐜🐝#environment #insects #insectgram #wildlife #nature #conservation #bees #ecowarrior (Photo: Hamish Secrett)

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