Insects

Planet Earth II – Grasslands

Grasslands cover much of the earth and provide a home to many species of animals. From towering elephants to tiny field mice, the grass supports a range of life. In this week’s Planet Earth II, David Attenborough shows us what it takes to survive in these unique environments.

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How You Can Help Save Britain’s Bees

Insect pollinators like bees have always been useful for the environment, and their benefit to people has been well documented. Our relationship with them goes as far back as 6000 BC in Spain, with humans relying on honey for food, medicine and candle-making. Bees are responsible for pollinating more than 90 flowering crops, including apples, cucumbers, cherries, blueberries and avacados.

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Planet Earth II – Deserts

Survival is the most important thing in the animal world, and that is made clear in the latest episode of Planet Earth II. The documentary focused on deserts and why they are extreme environments to live in. The episode kicked off with a tense confrontation between desert lions and a giraffe.

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Student’s Self-Monitoring Hive Is The Bee’s Knees

With the protection of bees being more important than ever, one student from Loughborough University has taken steps to introduce beekeping to a new generation. Ellie MacLeaod developed a self-monitoring beehive for her final year project aimed at inspiring novices to increase the number of honey bees.

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Garden Defender Bugs And How To Attract Them

Tending to your garden is ideal during the summer, whether you’re growing crops or want to make your favourite flowers bloom. But the hot weather can attract a variety of pests such as aphids who feed on vegetables and wreak havoc. Instead of paying for expensive pesticides it’s worth attracting helpful insects to the garden to defend against these intruders.

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Guest Blogging

In honour of reaching 100 hundred followers I’d like to thank everyone who has liked or commented on my articles. I hope everyone has found them beneficial. With the milestone reached, I’ve decided to start accepting guest posts of animal related articles between 300 and 1000 words in length.

Guest posts can be a range of topics, from a special interest in a charity to an endangered species you want to shed more light on. Content that I’m especially interested in is anything to do with birds of prey, big cats or wolves.

It’s my hope that with guest posting we’ll be able to work in collaboration for the betterment of animals. For full submission guidelines please go here.

Pheromones Link Bees And Mammals Together

As humans we crave companionship and social interaction, much like other mammals such as killer whales and bats. When thinking of insects it’s tempting to think they are from another world, but a new study has shown there are more similarities than we thought. The study shows honey bees and mammals share the common sociability trait due to their genomes.

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Butterfly Effect

Have you heard about the butterfly effect?
Where a single change can lead to a huge disaster
When a good man sets off a chain of events
He can’t hope to control

I prefer the effect butterflies make
When they dance together in the garden
Pale wings flitting to and fro
Fluttering upon a warm breeze
Twirling to Spring’s sweet melody

It’s a race between lovers
Nature’s way of sorting out
The players from the stayers

Summer approaches in
An eye’s blink
While the butterflies make their plans
Marriage, kids, a home in the bushes
Can’t really get a divorce
When you only live for a month anyway

It really is till death do us part
So all those young caterpillars
Better get their rocks off while they can

The effect butterflies make
Always leaves a mark

Siege

Snuffling in the undergrowth
carpeted tail wiping clean
all past mistakes
Long tongue probing for a meal
made of an army
living inside a muddy fortress
the soldiers sting
with sword sharp mandibles
tongue snaps like a whip
breaking army ranks
causing confusion
each soldier is plucked
as a cherry from a tree
but their fortress is left standing
for the next time the anteater come calling.

We Love Our Planet (WLOP) Wants To Help Animal Charities

Banding together to help animals is a rewarding and worthwhile experience. It’s a chance to make a difference and protect rare species who are on the brink of being wiped out. But it doesn’t have to be one person’s fight. There’s power in the united voice and that’s where We Love Our Planet comes in. The Manchester based organisation was created out of a concern for the welfare of animals and their environment.

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