And this is a piece I like to call “Damn you, Autofocus! Damn you to Hell!”
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.
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
Expanded slightly on my blog, along with a link to another interesting bee-related article I saw this week.
At a large group picnic. Someone walked away from their soda or punch, and came back to find a cup full of bees…
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.
Realized this isn’t iceplant. INat suggests it’s in the Kleinia genus, but I’m not sure beyond that.
Follow-up: The plant is Blue Chalksticks.
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.
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. 🤦♂️