SymBeeotic

SymBeeotic

I think this is the first commercial probiotic supplement for bees. A team of microbiologists at Lund University have patented the treatment, known as SymBeeotic — made from lactic acid bacteria from the stomachs of healthy bees — which they described as a major “boost” to bees’ immune system and are hopeful that it could slow down the rate at which bees are dying. “The […]

Eastern United States Rocks

Eastern United States Rocks

 Franklin New Jersey These hand to double hand sized rocks contain: aegirine – non fluorescent olive green andradite – non fluorescent olive green calcite – bright to dull red clinohedrite – orange diopside – bright blue specks esperite – bright yellow hardystonite – blue franklinite – non-fluorescent black norbergite – yellow specks sphalerite – pinkish-orange willemite – bright green wollastonite – yellow spots and streaks […]

Canada Rocks

Canada Rocks

Long Lake Zinc Mine Rocks from The Long Lake Zinc Mine, near Parham, Ontario often resemble stellar images with bands, streaks and bright specks running through a dull red to red matrix. These specimens are fist to hand sized. And contain the following fluorescent minerals: calcite – dull purple red to red hydrozincite – blue to bright blue white diopside – bright blue specks chondrodite […]

Eastern Hemisphere Rocks

Eastern Hemisphere Rocks

Langban Sweden Langban rocks have some of the brightest fluorescence found. That brightness is often in sharp contrast to a very dark to black background. These hand sized specimens are bright and impressive with: calcite – bright red svabite – bright yellow dolomite – very bright pink red willemite – green berzillite – blue fluorescing under short wave ultraviolet. To learn more about collecting at […]

Western United States Rocks

Western United States Rocks

Hogan and Purple Passion Claims Arizona These ugly appearing, palm to hand sized rocks are very interesting geologically. And they are spectacularly fluorescent. Fluorescent rocks from the Hogan and Purple Passion Claims are some of the world’s best. fluorite – blue calcite – dull red to bright reddish orange willemite -green aragonite – aqua Oregon This palm sized thunder egg is unusual. Rather than being […]

Mexico Rocks

Mexico Rocks

These palm to hand sized specimens are some of the brightest I’ve ever seen. They rival the Langban Sweden specimens for brightness. selenite – green calcite – blue short wave calcite – violet pink long wave The Challenger Cave calcite from Nuevo Leon, changes color under different wavelengths. And it is extremely phosphorescent. It has the brightest phosphorescent of any mineral I’ve seen, glowing a […]

White Knob Quarry Again

White Knob Quarry Again

The DzrtGrls, besides producing a great White Knob Quarry video, have collected at the Omya property before. And they’ve got some great images of that adventure at their DzrtGrls site.   Check it out. And while there, it’s also a great place for exploring the history and archaeology of the desert southwest. -dM

Yard Visit Middle of September 2013

Yard Visit Middle of September 2013

Conditions September Wyoming Hives The hives are in great shape. they are more than heavy enough for winter bees are healthy no pests So, one entrance reducer was put in. I’ll put the other in after the first snow. A Quick Look There’s not much that can be done by opening Wyoming hives this late in the season. days are warm nights are cold there’s […]

Why Bees are Disappearing

Why Bees are Disappearing

Marla Spivak speaks out on TED: Honeybees have thrived for 50 million years, each colony 40 to 50,000 individuals coordinated in surprising harmony. So why, seven years ago, did colonies start dying en masse? Marla Spivak reveals four reasons which are interacting with tragic consequences. This is not simply a problem because bees pollinate a third of the world’s crops. Could this incredible species be […]

House Apiary

House Apiary

Interested in house apiaries? Sometimes an image is worth a 1000 words. So, what are a 1000 images worth? Plenty if you are interesting in building a house apiary.   Check out this Google image search. -dM

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