What do you do when you have to name a brand new species? Some opt for using some defining physical feature. Others use their own name. Andre Nemesio, from the Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, in Brazil, went for something a bit different: he and his team just named a brand new orchid bee Euglossa bazinga, after the catch phrase used by Sheldon Cooper on the television show “The Big Bang Theory.” See the bee and read the rest of the article here.
The other day someone asked me what the phrase "bee's knees" referred to. I found several websites which gave an explanation of bee's knees. The Phrase Finder website gives a pretty good explanation for the term. Apparently coined in the 1920's, it's a nonsense term for 'excellence' and was one of quite a few nonsense words to mean the same thing.
All that research reminded me of a message I received from Bee Watcher John Huecksteadt, a Hill Country Master Naturalist. John is a ham operator and enjoys using Morse code. His favorite Morse code phrase just happens to be "bee's knees." If John were to imitate the Morse code, it would sound like this:
Just try saying that real fast. I bet John is real good at recognizing bird calls too!
John kindly sent a file along of the actual Morse Code of "bee's knees."
Bee's Knees in Morse Code
Just a little Bee trivia on a hot spring day here in Austin. I'm going to see if I can work this phrase into my conversations tomorrow. Should bee fun.
Originally posted on 5/11/10
A parody video of the Dos Equis "Most Interesting Man in the World" commercial, in honor of Entomology 2014, the 62nd Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, which was held in Portland, OR, November 16-19, 2014.
Music by CadillacMatt (http://tindeck.com/users/CadillacMatt). Thanks to the Department of Entomology at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, where the scenes were shot. And special thanks to the actors: M. Cattle (AKA Esabelle Ryngin), Rachel Robb, and Mark Nabors (http://shadolith.tumblr.com/).
A parody of Travie McCoy and Bruno Mars' "Billionaire" by Heather Wilson from the UC Davis Department of Entomology. This video was submitted to the Open category of the 2011 ESA YouTube Your Entomology Contest.
This summer I met a fantastic group of women from the Bay Area in northern California at their annual Basket Making Retreat at Donner Pass in the SIerra Nevada. After four days of Basket Making, they warmed up to a little Bee Humor. Enjoy!
Originally posted 8/25/10
It's going to be 95 today in Austin. Besides being the "Live Music Capital of the World", Austin is also known for its slogan, "Keep Austin Weird." Maybe I could add "Home of Bee Humor!"
But the bees are flying in the gardens. Mealy Blue Sage (Salvia farinacea) is drawing tons of Carpenter Bees (Xylocopa sp.) and some Bee Watchers are relaxing and telling bee jokes while watching native bees.
Originally posted on 5/5/10
Apparently a Solpugid is a type of spider, but I'm always going to think of doughnuts and ladybugs when I hear the term. Kristie Reddick and Jessica Honaker, former TAMU entomology students and the brains behind Solpugid Productions make some really fun bug videos. Take a look. I know you'll love 'em.
They've also partnered up with the Department of Entomology at TAMU to produce a regular podcast and they have an interesting podcast on tracking native bees. Check it out.
Originally posted 2/17/10