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tongue

Never really noticed it before… Bumblebees have very long tongues! But a study (Miller-Struttmann, N. E. et al. Science 349, 1541–1544) has shown that bee tongues also tell a tale of climate change; warmer temperatures lead to fewer flowers which in turn yield shorter bee tongues.

When we think about iconic climate change images, we usually picture a polar bear clinging to a melting piece of ice. We (most of us, anyway) don’t think about a bumblebee, flitting about an alpine meadow with a shorter-than-average tongue. Still, it’s a very interesting study, I recommend reading it.

 

14 responses

  1. Merce Yahoo

    Haha, love your observations about the bumblebee!!

    Regards,

    Mercedes

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    September 17, 2017 at 3:40 PM

    • Haha πŸ˜€ “Wildlife” observations in Amsterdam..!

      September 17, 2017 at 4:04 PM

  2. Never before thought about that ~ warmer temperatures lead to fewer flowers which in turn yield shorter bee tongues, science is really something else πŸ™‚

    September 18, 2017 at 12:24 AM

    • Me neither, but it’s quite interesting! πŸ™‚

      September 18, 2017 at 5:48 AM

  3. Great post! And now thanks to your link and recommendation I’m now subscribed to the Science site. So I’m smarter than I was yesterday. The first headline I noticed there even sounds like you: “Scientiests discover an underwater city full of gloomy octopuses”.
    Well it sounds like you except insure you would have used octopi properly 😊 Food for thought on global warming, for sure.

    September 18, 2017 at 12:55 AM

    • Thanks Tony! πŸ™‚ I’ve never seen that magazine before, but there are many interesting articles there. I need to find the one about those octopuses (octopi?), it sounds fascinating!

      September 18, 2017 at 6:03 AM

  4. Great macro work – stunning image. And useful text to tell us what’s going on! Brilliant πŸ™‚

    September 18, 2017 at 10:58 AM

    • Thanks so much, John! πŸ™‚ Enjoy the cruise and give my best to Daphne as well!

      September 18, 2017 at 11:22 AM

  5. It’s sad, so many studies show so many disruptions, but the US government doesn’t get it.

    September 18, 2017 at 5:21 PM

    • Unbelievable how some people choose to deny the facts presented.. It’s very sad!

      September 18, 2017 at 6:08 PM

  6. Aww, wonderful images Camilla! πŸ™‚

    September 19, 2017 at 4:21 PM

  7. I never knew this, Calee!
    These are wonderful macros.

    September 19, 2017 at 6:16 PM

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