This is kind of hilarious. Conservation groups asked California to protect 4 species of bumblebees…

This is kind of hilarious

Conservation groups asked California to protect 4 species of bumblebees. The agriculture industry objected on the grounds that the state’s endangered species law doesn’t cover insects. But the state fish & game code, in trying to cover all its marine life bases, defines a fish as “wild fish, mollusk, crustacean, invertebrate, or amphibian.”

So technically, bumblebees as invertebrates are eligible for protection as fish.

#law #weird #nature

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-09-23/bumblebees-can-be-protected-as-fish-california-court-rules

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The state supreme court ruled in favor, because that’s technically what the law says, and pointed out that the legislature “is in a position to make whatever statutory amendments it may regard as necessary or useful” to resolve ambiguities

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Expanded slightly on my blog, along with a link to another interesting bee-related article I saw this week.

Wait, Bees are…Fish?

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This bee was crawling into one of these trumpet shaped flowers after another.

This bee was crawling into one of these trumpet shaped flowers after another. I finally decided to aim at the flower it had just climbed into, then wait for it to leave and see if I could catch it. Amazingly, it worked! #bees #flowers #garden

This bee was crawling into one of these trumpet shaped flowers after another. I finally decided to aim at the flower it had just climbed into, then wait for it to leave and see if I could catch it. Amazingly, it worked!

#bees #flowers #garden

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Two crops of the same photo taken on a quick walk around the block…

Two crops of the same photo taken on a quick walk around the block. I really like the landscape crop showing the fiery skipper as it flies from one flower to the next…but after I cropped it, I noticed the bee also flying in the foreground of the original, and I just had to find a way to keep them both in the frame and still draw attention to them.

#nature #butterflies #bees #photo

An orange butterfly flying over iceplant flowers.

An orange butterfly and a bee flying over iceplant flowers.

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Realized this isn’t iceplant. INat suggests it’s in the Kleinia genus, but I’m not sure beyond that.

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Follow-up: The plant is Blue Chalksticks.

Bzzzzzz! A honey bee visiting clover flowers in the strip of lawn along the sidewalk.

A honey bee and a clover flower.
Bzzzzzz! A honey bee visiting clover flowers in the strip of lawn along the sidewalk. I still can't get over being able to get closeup photos like this using my phone.

#bees #macro #nature photogeaphy #flowers

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Final Landing Approach! Another shot from the hike at the marsh preserve earlier this month….

Final Landing Approach!

Another shot from the hike at the marsh preserve earlier this month.

The flowers, apparently Matilija Poppies, had huge, flat white petals with these large yellow centers. They looked like fried eggs.

Flower observation.

More photos from the hike

#flowers #bees #nature #photography

A bee approaches the yellow puff-ball center of a large, white-petaled flower.

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Oops… I realized I’ve already posted this one here. Well, I added more info this time, so at least it’s not a completely duplicate post. πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ

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