Friday, May 18, 2012

Honey Bees are Baseball fans!

This was cool!  A honey bee swarm landed (alighted) right near the Colorado Rockies Dugout at Coors' Field! In Colorado, wild honey bees are relatively low in numbers (compared to Florida anyway, which is LOADED with wild, African Honey Bees!!), so the right call was made. A beekeeper used a 'bee-vac' to vacuum the honey bees up, and he will either add the bees to an existing hive box of his, or start a new colony. Bravo!  Check out the video and cool play by play!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Orlando Paper Wasp Nest

It's that time of year again, when temperatures are consistently warm, and insect activity really starts booming. This flush of insects propels the growth of predatory wasps, and nests start growing fast!
Orlando Polistes Paper Wasp nest

You've seen these wasps, I'm sure, as they are common on Eaves and Soffits of homes, apartments and just about any building where shelter from our frequent rains can be found.

These are called Paper or Umbrella wasps, and are in the Genus Polistes. They are common worldwide, and feast on insects such as caterpillars, aphids and other small delectable morsels!

About this time of year, we start getting calls to perform treatments and removals, as the nests are getting large enough to become a sting threat. While I admire these wonderful 'predators from the sky', It's of more importance to provide a safe environment for the public and residents, so treatment is warranted in many cases. However, if you have paper wasps in locations that aren't frequented by people, it's quite OK to leave them be!

Contact the Stinging Insect Experts at 321-206-5100 or 1-800-343-5317 or submit a bee removal FREE inspection here!

Richard Martyniak, M.Sc., Entomologist (Univ of Fla'04); Registered Beekeeper (FL0010609M)
The Buzzkillers, LLC, Licensed (FL DACS JB144428), Insured & Certified(FL DACS JF136628) for your protection

Monday, February 6, 2012

Feb 9, 2012: Don't miss this talk! Chris Sloan: 21ST CENTURY SCIENCE MEDIA LANDSCAPES

Analogous Thinking in Art & Science, Spring 2012 Speaker Series:
Thursday Feb 9, 6:30 PM
Genetics Auditorium, Rm 101
1376 Mowry Road, Gainesville Florida
Univ of Florida Campus


Scientists and artists have been partners in communicating new understandings about our world to the public for over five centuries. Now, in the context of the challenges of understanding the new complexities of science, that partnership is more important than ever, especially if we are to increase the science literacy of our population. Changing technology, new media consumption behaviors and a weak economy are just a few of the factors frustrating efforts to communicate science effectively to the public. If understood, however, some of these same factors present great new opportunities for science visualizers.

Biography: Christopher Sloan is an award-winning author and art director who specializes in bringing non-visual scientific research to life for diverse audiences. Mr. Sloan worked with National Geographic Magazine from 1992 to 2010 as art director, senior editor, and director of mission projects. During this time he proposed many of the archaeology, paleoanthropology and paleontology stories the magazine produced, and played a key role in their successful execution in the magazine as well as in corollary television shows. Among these include many popular cover stories, such as Dawn of Humans, Neanderthals, Evolution of Mammals, Sea Monsters, Rise and Fall of the Maya, Bizarre Dinosaurs, and Secrets of Stonehenge. Mr. Sloan has worked directly with scholars and governments all over the world. As the director of mission projects he played a key role in allocating National Geographic funds to support research world-wide, at times participating directly in fieldwork. As an expert in science communication, Mr. Sloan enjoys lecturing on visualizing science. He has made a number of television and radio appearances in connection with National Geographic articles. Currently, he serves as the president of ScienceVisualization, a company specializing in effective science communication.