[NetBehaviour] NetBehaviour Digest, Vol 468, Issue 1

Zoe Young zoe at zoeyoung.net
Mon Feb 18 13:21:06 CET 2019


Maybe more helpful to the mass of insects if we join the Extinction 
rebellion and blockade pesticide distributors?

On 18/02/2019 11:00, netbehaviour-request at lists.netbehaviour.org wrote:
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>     1. Re: Fwd: Plummeting insect numbers 'threaten collapse of
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>     2. Tibetan Trumpet rag-dung (Alan Sondheim)
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> Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2019 06:57:51 +1100
> From: Mez Breeze <netwurker at gmail.com>
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> Subject: Re: [NetBehaviour] Fwd: Plummeting insect numbers 'threaten
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> [A quick follow-up: one of the best twitter threads I've read so far on
> this topic is here:
> https://twitter.com/MezBreezeDesign/status/1097211711717658624]
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> On Thu, Feb 14, 2019 at 6:32 AM Helen Varley Jamieson <
> helen at creative-catalyst.com> wrote:
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>> On 12.02.19 02:22, Mez Breeze via NetBehaviour wrote:
>>
>>
>> but in germany i'm limited to the balcony. i've had an "insect hotel" on
>>> it for a couple of years but no insects have shown any interest in it yet.
>>>
>> ...where is the insect hotel placed? Sometimes too much or little sun can
>> effect them depending on season?
>>
>> if anything it gets too little sun; our balcony is east-facing, & the
>> insect house is on the wall that doesn't get any direct sunlight. i'll try
>> moving it to the other end of the balcony where it gets sun up to early
>> afternoon in the summer.
>>
>>
>> You could go for an actual home-made bee attractant like is shown here
>> <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gl0o2aytaFE>, though I've never tried
>> it. I'd also be careful where you source your plants/seeds too - heritage
>> and local varieties suited [native] to your region/season could help, and
>> make sure to always go true organic [as opposed to greenwashed
>> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenwashing> organic] that haven't been
>> artificially boosted with all types of chemical crud. And never use
>> pesticides/herbicides - use companion planting methods
>> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Companion_planting> + seaweed/kelp
>> solution as tonic + good compost [do you have an in-home composting setup
>> <https://www.treehugger.com/lawn-garden/i-just-started-composting-my-apartment-and-you-can-too.html>
>> for your apartment? Homemade is the best, and it stops vegie/fruit scraps
>> going to landfill.]
>>
>> great, i'll try the insect attractant. all seeds are proper organic ones,
>> into organic potting soil, & definitely no pesticides or herbicides going
>> into the balcony garden, only additives are organic fertilisers & composts.
>> the city does composting here, so we add our compost into that (get a
>> voucher for free compost in return).
>>
>>
>> And it does sound like you're doing all the right things - I'd suggest
>> keeping up planting anything with a blue/purple flowers:
>>
>> *"According to Bee Culture <http://www.beeculture.com/bees-see-matters/>,
>> the most likely colors to attract bees are purple, violet and blue.*
>>
>> *A study of nine bumblebee colonies in Germany found that those who
>> favored purple blooms were greatly rewarded for their preference.*
>>
>> *?In the area we studied, violet flowers produced the most nectar ? far
>> more than the next most rewarding flower color (blue),? Dr. Nigel Raine
>> from Queen Mary?s School of Biological and Chemical Sciences told
>> ScienceDaily
>> <https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/06/070624141133.htm>.
>> ?Inexperienced bees are known to have strong color preferences, so we
>> investigated whether the bumblebee colonies with a stronger preference for
>> violet flowers foraged more successfully in their local flora.?*
>>
>> *Raine found that the bumblebees developed their favorite color over time,
>> corresponding with the most nectar-rich flowers."* [From:
>> https://www.totallandscapecare.com/landscaping-blog/bee-vision-and-the-color-purple/
>> ]
>>
>>> great - we always have lots of cornflowers, & some other purple ones that
>> i don't know the name of, plus lavendar. the bees also seem to like
>> nasturtiums, which we always have plenty of too. i'll look into more purple
>> flowers.
>>
>> thanks,
>>
>> h : )
>>
>> --
>>> helen varley jamieson
>>>
>>> helen at creative-catalyst.com
>>> http://www.creative-catalyst.com
>>> http://www.upstage.org.nz
>>>
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