Archive for January, 2012
Or…”Zom-bees”. A recent article in the science news section of The Telegraph suggests that one of the possible explanations for colony collapse disorder (CCD), which I’ve written about before, is that honey bees are the victims of the parasitism of a species of fly, Apocephalus borealis. A. borealis, already known to target bumble bees, lays its eggs in the host bees. They then begin to display “zombie-like” behavior, abandoning their hives and seeking out light. Eventually, they die when the fly larvae hatch. It’s unclear whether this is an emerging phenomenon. Honey bees have been closely studied for years, and this parasitic relationship has never been noticed before.
Nature. Weirder than we can possibly imagine.
“Sahsima, meaning ‘harpoon’, was the original name identified by Songhees elder James Fraser for the point where the Chinese Cemetery is located: Hayls the Transformer, with spirit companions Raven and Mink, came by in his canoe, frightening away the seal the harpooner had been stalking. The harpooner rebuked them. Hayls turned him to stone as he stood there poised to throw the harpoon, saying, ‘you’ll be boss for seals…from Sooke to Nanaimo.’”