Interesting Phenom..

17 replies [Last post]
Lady Kate's picture
Offline
Joined: 2009-10-28

Pet Profiles

Our courtyard walls are very high, a little less than twenty feet. Occasionally a bee comes into the courtyard, buzzes around for a while, but can't seem to find his way out and eventually dies.. then the ants come and eat the dead bee.. and they consequntely die.. What causes this? I googled it and an hour later I learned more about ants and their habits, bees and their queens and many other things.. but nothing about why the ants die. Is it the venom that the bees carry push these tiny creatures into oblivion? Are they suicidal because everyone knows that ants are very very smart.. after all they have armies and march in straight columns just like good soldiers do.. I've tried to skootch ( it's a word) the stranded bee onto a peice of paper and set him out the front door, but he comes back.. Could it bee ( HA!) that I have a burial ground for the creatures ..?? you know like the Elephant??
OH SO Off-Topic-Chit-Chat!!

sweetpea's picture
Offline
Joined: 2010-10-25

Pet Profiles

LOL Katie maybe off topic but VERY interesting!  Stuff like this fascinates me.  I once saw a few wasps attack and kill a bumble bee and I was utterly enthralled...probably looked like a big dweeb crouched down staring at the sidewalk for 10 minutes but I wanted to know what was going on!  I also saw a bee at the garden center where I worked, land on a leaf of lambs ear and proceed to scrape the fuzzies off until he had a ball the size of himself, then flew off, zig-zagging like he could barely carry it all.  WEIRD! 

Have you watched the secret life of bees? 

Lady Kate's picture
Offline
Joined: 2009-10-28

Pet Profiles

Not yet S'pea.. I'd like to though..We have HBO so I'll look for it. Thanks

Another interesting phenom is Mexico.. There are Blockbuster Movie Rentals, but they're for a different zone and our U.S. DVD player can't read them.. Then there's NetFlix.. but my mail service charges extra to both mail and deliver packages.

Always when we go to lunch there's a guy selling DVD's that are black marketed.. I guess he goes into theatres and cam-cords the movies then sells them.. Not only do I NOT appreciate the bootlegged movies ( I think it's wrong) but I understand from those who spent their hard earned pesos ( 10 which is about a dollar) that the quality is so poor, you can hear the audience eating popcorn.

But back to the off topic topic.. Why don't the bees let me help them out?? We have a small rose garden right outside our front door, and you would think they'd love it there..

sweetpea's picture
Offline
Joined: 2010-10-25

Pet Profiles

Good question...do you have anything that would be alluring to a bee inside the courtyard?  I guess you must considering they won't leave...the question is what...

I didn't even know you could have a DVD player work in one country and not the next, I guess I assumed they are universal.  Weird.  If it makes you feel better, I have no TV - we're too rural to get cable and it doesn't make sense to pay for a dish to be installed when we're moving in April...so for now I am stuck with movies and last year's seasons.

But hey - when you live in the countryside, who wants to sit inside anyways?  At least that's what I tell myself!

jeshykai's picture
Offline
Joined: 2010-09-02

Pet Profiles

Janelle I don't have cable either - haven't had it for years.  Not worth the money!  Maybe you can just do Netflix streaming Katie.. no mailing required. movies AND TV shows.. I am hooked on the documentary serires "Heavy" -- I want to go run miles watching these people get fit!  It's inspiring.

I have no knowledge on buggies Katie.. but that is interesting!

Lady Kate's picture
Offline
Joined: 2009-10-28

Pet Profiles

Now that you mention it Janelle.. I do have some scented candles on the table.. One is vanilla.. but they were coming in before I set them out.. dunno..I ushered another one out the front door today,.

There's a man a couple of blocks away with a hive.. I wonder if they're straying from there. poor bees.. I like bees.. always have.. I like chickens too. Sofia doesn't

HarleyBear's picture
Offline
Joined: 2011-08-17

Pet Profiles

Jes, I don't do cable either, we only have netflix.  I'll look up Heavy, sounds like my type of show!

sweetpea's picture
Offline
Joined: 2010-10-25

Pet Profiles

Hmm I don't think bees are attracted by scent.  I think they go for visual cues.  We watched a video in my colour theory class last year (yep, an entire course on colour - how sweet is that!) and they talked about how bees know which flowers to go to...apparently they see the colours differently than us, they showed what it looks like through a bee's eyes and some of the flowers that are a single colour to us had actual bullseye rings to lure them in!  It was interesting.

So I'm gonna say the smelly candles aren't it lol, although I'm sure they make a lovely addition to your courtyard.  What about the weather?  Anything weird happening lately that could throw off their patterns? 

And Jess, I've heard of that show, never seen it though...is it anything like The Biggest Loser?  I used to LOVE that show, I have a bit of a crush on Gillian Michaels

Lady Kate's picture
Offline
Joined: 2009-10-28

Pet Profiles

Weather has been very odd.. Bajamar is at the end of a peninsula.. Even though we're only two hours from San Diego CA when they have sunshine, the marine layer is so thick we can't even see the water . As soon as we round the bend and start to climb up the hilly road to Ensenada or the other way to Rosarito.. POW the sun comes flooding through,.. it's so strange..

And your color theory class?? Mike actually taught that one year a while back. I can't remember what color I am.. for some reason I want to say "green"

What about you?

sweetpea's picture
Offline
Joined: 2010-10-25

Pet Profiles

I don't know what else to say except blame it on the weather...Nah.  Blame it on global warming :p 

It wasn't really that type of theory (although I would like to know what colour I am!), it was more about how colour is created, both through light and through pigments, the effect different colours have on people, the way lighting affects colour, the way a colour changes depending on what it's juxtaposed next to.  Very focused on career application, I liked it though.  I did pretty well too (98%) but I mean really...if you passed kindergarten you should be able to handle colour theory!

sweetpea's picture
Offline
Joined: 2010-10-25

Pet Profiles

Apparently I'm blue

blue4's picture
Offline
Joined: 2011-02-28

Pet Profiles

Can I just say, I like bees too!  Do all the ants die or only the ones that obviously ate the bee?  May sound like a silly question, but I got to thinking maybe there is a residual pesticide that they are coming into contact with...but since no one lived there for a while that may not be the case.

DJ's Dad's picture
Offline
Joined: 2010-10-04

Pet Profiles

OK---for all you fellow bee-lovers, here's a photo I took last summer of a honey bee hanging upside down from my butterfly bush, and just as I was closing in on him to get a close up shot, he took one of his feet and straightened out his little antennae so he would look good for the camera. LOL

 

 

* I tried to resize this so it wouldnt be so huge, but didnt seem to get it.  sorry.

sweetpea's picture
Offline
Joined: 2010-10-25

Pet Profiles

COOL!  Wow, look at that detail!!  You must have an incredible camera.  (Not to mention some incredible skills)

Lady Kate's picture
Offline
Joined: 2009-10-28

Pet Profiles

Paul... run, don't walk to your closest Nat. Geo Publisher..

That photo is incredible..

The colors, the details, the CAPTURE alone is award winning!! You can even see the tiny bits of pollen he picked up on the way to your butterfly bush.

Chris... it's only the cannibal ants who die.. You can see a little cluster of them surrounding the decimated bee body.. It sounds gruesome,  but it is nature's way..

We have a flock of immense vultures nesting close by.. They take to the skies and catch the drafts of the wind current and soar for hours lofting higher and higher. Wing spread is at least six feet on some of them. They are nature's garbage disposals. Lots of bunnies and squirrels, coyotes, wild cats and of course you met Baby-Bob ( I've yet to see mom) Those critters take care of the overpopulation of rabbits and the Vultures dispose of the left-overs.. .Did you know that Vultures are the only bird with a sense of smell?? It's quite an eco system we have going here.

But back to Paul's photo. I think it's one of the most spectacular images ever ever EVER. Congratulations..

jeshykai's picture
Offline
Joined: 2010-09-02

Pet Profiles

Paul... whoa!!! What a beautiful image.

Heavy is kind of like Biggest Loser without the gimmicks.. it is a documentary series on morbidly obese people trying to overcome their eating addictions through healthy exercise and weight loss techniques... made me whip out some pregnancy yoga let me tell you!

Lori's picture
Offline
Joined: 2010-04-03

Pet Profiles

Wow, what a pic....

 

Kate, do you have any plants in the courtyard that could attracked them? maybe even just the coloring of something in a window like blinds or curtains?

 

oh and Netflix streaming is the best thing ever!  

blue4's picture
Offline
Joined: 2011-02-28

Pet Profiles

AMAZING photo!!  You should enter that somewhere.