HUMAN FLEA (pictured in blue above)
"There are over 1,600 species and subspecies of fleas that inhabit the earth’s diverse environment. Many of these fleas are parasites in the insect order Siphonaptera. Pulex irritans, also called the human flea, is not often seen in contemporary living quarters, but in the past this flea came in contact with all classes of people. Human blood is the preferred food of Pulex irritans, but it will feed on other mammals. Today, this species is most often found on pigs. Individuals that work with swine are some of the most likely people to become infested. In societies where personal hygiene is important, infestations by human fleas are not as common. Human fleas were extremely common before the development of modern standards in both hygiene and laundering. Most fleas, during that time, were found in a person’s bedding. In an attempt to decrease infestation, the Chinese placed warmed flea traps made of ivory or bamboo between the sheets before going to bed at night. During the Renaissance period, ladies frequently wore fur collars, called cravats, to catch the pestering fleas. The cravat could then be removed and shaken out to decrease the chance of coming in contact with any fleas." SOURCE:http://course1.winona.edu
I have photographed thousands upon thousands of bees and I've never seen a honey bee this color. She has beautiful golden tones that instantly sets her apart from her darker striped sisters and cousins.
MAJOR TYPES OF HONEY BEES FROM BACKYARD BUZZ - Click the pdf below to see descriptions with photos.
Such lovely bumble bees with such adorable fur coats!!
Tragically, bumble bees are in decline right along with honey bees. The New York Times reported in March of 2012 with their headline:
2 Studies Point to Common Pesticide as a Culprit in Declining Bee Colonies.
READ FULL ARTICLE HERE:
In the words by NYT:
"In the Journal Science, two teams of researchers published studies suggesting that low levels of a common pesticide can have significant effects on bee colonies. One experiment, conducted by French researchers, indicates that the chemicals fog honeybee brains, making it harder for them to find their way home. The other study, by scientists in Britain, suggests that they keep bumblebees from supplying their hives with enough food to produce new queens.
The authors of both studies contend that their results raise serious questions about the use of the pesticides, known as neonicotinoids."
“I personally would like to see them not being used until more research has been done,” said David Goulson, an author of the bumblebee paper who teaches at the University of Stirling, in Scotland. “If it confirms what we’ve found, then they certainly shouldn’t be used when they’re going to be fed on by bees.”
(Reuters 2011) - "Four previously abundant species of bumblebee are close to disappearing in the United States, researchers reported Monday in a study confirming that the agriculturally important bees are being affected worldwide." Read more @http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/01/03/us-bees-decline-idUSTRE7023P720110103
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I visited the Tiger Temple in Thailand & later found out it is under investigation for tiger trafficking and animal abuse. Read full story. In 2015 it was raided. More than 100 tigers and protected bird species in Wat Pa Luang Ta Bua, popularly known as the Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi province were impounded by authorities following complaints that the temple was alleged to engage in illegal wildlife trading.
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