Meeting a Carpenter Bee

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I saw at least a dozen holes with other faces looking back.


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Today as I played with the little one in a park we had several friends buzzing around us enjoying the glorious bank holiday sunshine. I was lucky enough to see them corralling around a wooden post and the holes within so I investigated. I’ve seen the odd solitary bee around the past few days in the garden, but never in such numbers and certainly not so close up to see their faces or the pollen on their hairs.

Carpenter bees

Female carpenter bees dig tunnels in dead wood where they lay their eggs. Carpenter bees can be considered as pests by some because of their wood boring habits; however they rarely do any serious damage, drilling into the surface of wood only.

Like the leaf cutter and mason bee, adults spend the winter in nests constructed the previous year, and become active in April or May. After mating, females construct new nesting tunnels or use pre-existing tunnels. Nesting tunnels are about 12mm wide and start on the end of wooden beams or at right angles to a surface for 10mm to 25mm before turning and following the wood grain. Tunnels are clean cut and may extend 15cm to 20cm. Females collect pollen and nectar to produce a dough-like mass called “bee bread.” The eggs hatch into larvae that feed on the bee bread in their cells.

http://www.moraybeekeepers.co.uk/bees/solitary-bees/

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Antarctic Sea Ice Blows Away Records In April

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

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http://nsidc.org/data/seaice_index/index.html

Antarctic sea ice continues to set new records, with extent in April at the highest since measurements began in 1979.

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http://nsidc.org/data/seaice_index/index.html

Ice extent has also been above last year’s already high levels for most of this year.

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http://nsidc.org/data/seaice_index/index.html

Meanwhile, both GISS surface and UAH satellite datasets show the Antarctic has been much colder than usual recently.

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http://data.giss.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/gistemp/nmaps.cgi?sat=4&sst=3&type=anoms&mean_gen=03&year1=2014&year2=2014&base1=1981&base2=2010&radius=1200&pol=rob

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Finally, global sea ice area remains well above average.

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http://arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/IMAGES/global.daily.ice.area.withtrend.jpg

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Twin 6 magnitude earthquakes shake seafloor south of Fiji

The Extinction Protocol

Fiji 6.6 May 4 2014
May 2014FIJI– A 6.6magnitude and another 6.1- magnitude undersea earthquakes jolted south of Fiji late Sunday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said. The epicenter of the first quake, a 6.6-magnitude one which struck from a depth of 527.6 kilometers at 9:15 p.m. local time ( 0915 GMT), was traced 722 kilometers south of the Fijian capital of Suva, USGS data showed. The agency had initially reported the quake at 6.8 magnitude. The epicenter of the second quake, a 6.1-magnitude one which struck from a depth of 610.6 kilometers at 9:25 p.m. local time ( 0925 GMT), was traced 848 kilometers south of Suva. The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not immediately issue a tsunami warning based on the two quakes, and there were no immediate reports of casualty or damage. Fiji lies on the so-called Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of earthquake…

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Trees Grew In Greenland When The Vikings Lived There

Real Science

During the non-existent MWP, trees grew in Greenland. Mikey says it is much warmer in Greenland now, because it is too cold for trees to grow.

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And during the last ice age, trees grew further north in Alaska. Hinting that the ice age was likely due to a persistent weather pattern similar to the past winter – i.e. warm in Alaska, cold in the midwest and eastern US.

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CHANGING CLIMATE INDICATED IN ARCTIC – Professor Griggs Traces Fate of Lost Norse Colonies to Increasing Greenland Cold. TREE ROOTS PIERCE BODIES

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