I’ve been going through my older photos dating back to December 2012, which is when I got my first smart phone. (It was an iPhone 4s.) I didn’t have a camera at the time, and the smart phone was so I could take pictures of my brand new grandson when we were visiting, and so my daughter could also send me pictures of him since we were living 500 miles away at the time. I also used it to take photos during my walks around the neighborhood with our newly rescued dog.
With encouragement from several of you, I have decided not to let a photo’s imperfection stand in the way of posting it. I was new to using a smart phone’s camera when I took this photo, so you can see my finger in the upper left hand corner. Nevertheless I have always loved it for it’s tranquility and serenity. Doesn’t it just invite you in and make you feel more relaxed simply by looking at it for awhile? It certainly has that effect for me.
It looks as though (sorry for the pun) bees have 2 eyes – the large ones that we see. These are the bee’s compound eyes that consist of many tiny lenses that piece together patterns that the bee sees, enabling it to recognize types of plants and other bees. However, the bee also has 3 additional eyes on the top of its head. These are called simple, or ocelli eyes. These eyes do not see patterns, but can see light. Or more importantly, these eyes see changes in light, which can alert the bee to predators flying overhead. If you look carefully, you can see one of these small ocelli eyes in the top photo; look at the large eye on your left, then look across the top of the bee’s forehead that has black coloring. At the inner tip of that, almost in the center of the forehead, you will see the leftmost oceilli eye as a very small dot. See it? Well done! You can also just barely see it in the second photo.*
A butterfly eats by extending its tongue like structure, called a proboscis, and using it like a straw to suck up liquid food such as nectar. It drinks water the same way. In the second photo, it would appear that the pollen covered proboscis might be headed toward the butterfly’s mouth to be consumed. I even assumed that to be the case. However, when I did some research, I discovered that what is on the outside of the proboscis is immaterial. The butterfly in the second photo is actually finished sucking up the nectar of that particular flower, and is, in fact, coiling its “tongue” back up into the resting position.