Bee eggs! Do you see all those things that look like little grains of rice? Those are bee eggs! A queen bee typically lays one egg in each individual honeycomb cell, but these cells have multiple eggs in each of them—which is an unusual thing to see in a hive. This could mean that the queen is young and just hasn’t gotten the hang of laying eggs yet, or that she doesn’t have enough room to lay eggs because the worker bees aren’t building new honeycomb fast enough. However, neither are the case here. Since all of the brood in the hive is drone (male) brood and the queen wasn’t spotted during the inspection, we can tell that the hive is queenless and we have laying workers. Worker bees have the ability to lay eggs, but all of the eggs will be unfertilized and turn into male bees. I’m going to take this colony and combine it with another one that has a strong queen and all the resources they need to get through winter. The second photo is an up-close shot of two bee eggs in one cell!
Happy #SlimeMoldSunday to all on this holiday weekend! After months of no rain where I live in Northern California, we are finally getting some rain. I haven't seen fresh slime molds yet, but the next several days are forecast to be very rainy, so I am hoping that soon I will have fresh subjects! In the meantime, here is a closeup of some Physarum leucophaeum (I think) that I found last winter.
These fruiting bodies are very tiny -- only about 1 millimeter tall! I shot these with my Sony A7rII with the Laowa ultra macro lens at 4:1 magnification. The finished photo is a focus stack of 124 images.
The beauty of a full moon over a park is amazing! Check out this full moon event at Lake Mead! Oh wait… wrong moon. Ugh! Sheep happens.
Don’t be bummed, the post must go on. Anyways, Desert bighorn sheep are some of the most intriguing mammals at Lake Mead NRA. They are wary of human contact, and blend so well into the terrain they inhabit, that sightings are a special event. Something like once in a blue…err beige moon? Did you know Desert, or Nelson’s bighorn sheep (ovis canadensis nelsoni), are considered by most biologists to be a unique subspecies? Desert bighorn sheep have adapted to hot, dry climates, unlike their Rocky Mountain cousins, and have longer legs, lighter coats and smaller bodies.
📸: Moon over Mead. Group of desert bighorn checking out the overlook at Lake Mead NRA. @lakemeadnps
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