A paean to the honeybee
Bee-yootiful: Guest-blogging chronobiologist Leon Kreitzman has a mesmerizing essay about why "honeybees really are nature’s little treasures." The have a built-in clock that allows them to know when flowers are producing nectar each day, they can work out the location of a food source from its position in relation to the sun — even on cloudy days — and can tell their sisters how far away the food is up to a distance of about 15 kilometers, even correcting for the shift in the sun. Love that he closes with: "The least we can do is take proper care of these wondrous creatures. Instead we are killing them off in their billions through our befouling of their environment." (Olivia Judson Blog - NYTimes.com)
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