Buzz Sting Bite by Anne Sverdrup (December Book)

Just got back from Pats home (hostess) for our annuals quiche breakfast before our bookclub meeting. This book scored a five rating from everyone who attended. 11 people voted!

Good book for reference…LOTS OF STATISTICS


Bought 27 October…….Amazon
nature is as great as it’s smallest creature 79 CE
insects come to dad tree by the hoard
some insects are annoying
but they are foods for fish and animals (bigger than them)
it’s all about the ecosystem
200 million insect for every person (they are everywhere)
Insect are even in the sea
termites grow fungus for food
how to tame fire and light
humans are dependent to insects
Kikiki huna is a little wasp in China, China has the biggest too
Insects have been here before humans
insects have wings and can fly….new pasture!
insects had global dominance for thep 1) air
insects were here long before the dinosaurs

Good rule of thumb
most insects have six legs, four wings, & two antennas
body divided into three sections: head, thorax, and abdomen
insects means to cut in two (from Latin def.)
some insects have eyes on penis (for mating)
abdomen is responsible for reproduction
Gut waste is at the end
Insects are invertebrates
they need water (moisture)
skeleton is in the outside
metamorphosis is the changing means for insects
the change is from hormones
insects are like Legos kits about 85% of all insects (p. 5)
Insects don’t have lungs and don’t breath through the lungs
they breath through their sides
insect blood is colorless
insects have the same senses as we do
the scent of smell is done through their antenna
they talk to each other by scents
flowers speak the language of scent to the insects
wasps collect pollen from flowers (while searching for mate)
insects have ears all over their body
detects sound by the use of hairs
beetles knock against a wall to find a mate
Insect songs (all underwater (they used a penis and abdomen) fiddling
house flies taste with their feet (its a liquid diet)
A fly’s regurgitate when it lands on a food (they also like animal dung)
a flies vision has been adapted to their own situation (environment)
uses polarized light as a compass
the dragon fly is a superior hunter (95% kill rate)
dragon fly ha great eyesight
prepped for super sight
a brain needs to process all this information
insects need to be smart while looking for food.
there is even social insects (talk to each other)
Teaching is the act of intelligence
ants teach other ants remember the route to food
bumblebees train other to gain food
people thought they had a calculating horse but bees can count
honey bees like to dance for direction of flower bees can communicate
scientist painting faces of wasps for an experiment (facial portraits)
could lead to knowledge of face blindness (p. 25)

about 39 different orders of insects in the world
more than 170000 butterflies or beetles in this world
spiders are not insects
six-legged sex:
they are small, supple, and sexy
they need a small hiding space
1 year is 25 generation of fruit flies
insects are eaten or starved to death
female insect might mate with many other males
he mates for as long as possible
(prolonged mating)
talk of long sperm ((p. 34)
Female ways to influence mating
male is eaten after sex (some spider)
some beetles choose what sperm as others (high quality males…experiment)
females can determine what sperm they are going to use…taking active ways
many insect do the single life
give birth to aphids (like Russian baby dolls)
why is there a need for me?
for a virgin birth the insects are exactly alike
no dating
promotes genetic variation
Are all honey-bees female?
ladies do all important rules
end of the 1600 (microscope)
males are drowsy bees
the queen mates with several male males members of the swarm
can save sperm cells as many as 100 million
men dies after the sperm has an orgasm
Beyoncé has a bee named after her (horse fly)
insects help make the fact that there is more male insect
like ants or aphids

Girls make the world go around
Deerfly eggs hatch inside the mother
A termite queen drops an egg every three seconds
Earwigs are affective mother….caring parents

Eat or be eaten
insects eat one another
some don’t eat as an adult
A parastate kills its source
Loving and caring God?
talk about lady bugs
the wasp makes a lady bud a zombie baby sitter
wasp lays eggs on cockroach
“the egg” feeds off the cock roach
beetles attach to bees and maybe the beetle will be taken to the bee-hive
like a blister beetle
dry blister beetle used for sexual activities (don’t mess with this stuff)
Insects sing for their supper
the katydid heads to the song it hears
moths sings with scent
last day of April is the “World Robber Fly Day”
they are hefty predators
6 legs
could be like a humming bird
Or called assassin flies
every 17 years the sapsucking cicadas make sound of 100 decibels of their song
the song live for mating, the parents die after 3-4 weeks
they are rich in protein…hide for 17 years is for protection
they operate on soil temperature
Zebras are black with white strips
spider will eat between 400-800 billion tons of insects per year
Chapter 4
insects have a salad diet
the dry weight is about 10 percent nitrogen
plant don’t contain much sodium
some butterflies drink croc. tears
eight out of ten plant benefit from an insects visit
A willow tree blossoms flowers early, good for bubble-bees
the unfertilized bee eggs create male bees
Oregano-green herb (roots eaten by ants)
it releases carvacrol to protect its root
the taste is intense with a powerful herbal scent

ants are Myrmica, the scent I an SOS
drama in creation of oregano
some seeds look like dung
beetles thought these seeds were animal dung
1/4 of seeds planted in new beetle
some seeds (11000 species) to help interest in transport for the seed
A plant sends chemical signals to help warn other plants
Also sends carbon
plants grow fungi (moved by worms)
terminates don’t collect green leaves
aphids are like dairy cattle
aphid carries much sugar (sapsucking insects)
Bears eat ants, which helps growth
seed eating ant help the soil, carbon factor, and weeds
In absence of ants, the carbon storage could have issues
only with help from insects can we have so much tuff to eat
insects help contribute to over 80% of the world wild plants
Where is the honey…sweet stuff
US average of sugar consumption is 100 pounds per year
honey bags were found in a 5,500 year old grave
honey hunters in the Himalayan
bees get poisons honey (mad honey) diarrhea and vomiting
produced in Turkey
honeyguides to find honey hive (bees nests)
Manna is a miracle food (house of Israel)
could be ashes, mushrooms, crystalize honeydew. could be sap sucking inssects
Marathon food is from hornet juice
buy sports drinks containing hornet larva
the locusts ate every herb of the land
swarms contain 10 billion locusts
starvation could lead to cannibalism.
chocolate about 11 pounds per year
“no-se-ums” midgets
cacao tree crucial to make chocolate (p. 96)

honeybees are needed on site
More than half of all the beehives in the U.S. can be found in California
Almond bees are needed for pollination
coffee can make you jolly
bees can increase coffee yields by 50 percent
coffee can be created from beans (digested in dung) By elephant dung! P. 100)
market value or insect pollinated strawberries is 39 percent higher and as much as 54 percent higher than self pollinated strawberries
(last longer in store).
Apples become sweeter
fish live off insects (snacks for trout)
insects are protein rich.
talk about insects with 4 legs, not six in Leviticus
insect pollinated tomatoes taste better (p. 101)
a 1/4 of people eat insects
are insects unclean…they are nutritious
environmentally smart
what about insect dung?
over 1/3 of food produced is wasted (p. 104)
insects have disease…so we will need some regulations
Insect food is going to the U.N.

Oak trees hide rare insects
insect like wood mold
we need dead trees for future plants (insects are caretakers for the field)
dead trees are the most living because of insects in the tree
insects were checked in dead trees (diet)
there are 20,000 species in a Norwegian forest
bacteria and fungal thread in the dirt
Ants like to pick up gathering food (food waste)
13 different ant species are on Broadway
more than half of the worlds population lives in cities
ants help clean the streets
dead meat needs to be cleaned up (all the animals)
animals die, are a good source of nutrients
some lay eggs in carcass
some carcass is buried (beetles)
talk about vouching for died cows thus dogs came to scene
drug is diclofenac
causes death by rabies
insects are used for time of death and feeding magots
waste is put into dung (beetles and flies)e pyramids
fresh dung is popular
dwellers of dung beetles (Norwegian beetles)
roller grab the dung and move on
can orientate by the sun and moon
Are the Egyptian pyramids a sacred representative of piles of dung?
Dung is used for protection
sloths are tree loving animals, but they come to land to poo
sloths use 8% of their energy to go to land and poo

some animal live with insects by their “rear” end
1 cow defecates as much as nine metric tons of dung per year
Beetles used to decompose cow dung
a million head of cows
Flies took care of the dung in Austrasia in an experiment in 1960
500,000 acres, per year, of land was being ruined by dung
they stablished dung beetles for nitrogen (N)
ivermectin used hurts the dung beetles
insect that live in hollowed oaks (100 species) in Norway
Insect like when sun is on the tree

Industry of insect
red coloring in strawberry jam
honey and silk
there are approx. 83 billion honeybees in this world (p. 136)
100 billion silkworms are sacrificed to provide us silk
beeswax are made for candles
works for the image of Jesus
beeswax mixed with vegetable oil is an excellent lip balm
silk comes from the Bombay’s moth
up to 20 different insects spin silk p. 141)
spider like silk (6 times as stronger al)
(p. 144) talking about creating spider silk
gall is used for ink to write notes
original ink was made from carbon gall is unsociable
Nowadays carmine is used from Peru
shellac was used for the 78 type radio
used shellac military use
In 2013 shellac was used to buff up hens’ eggs in Norway

Velcro is a genius invention
designers turn to natures models
it was a seed dispersal method

insects will help within the biomimicry
talk about beetles making banknotes safe place (changing colors)

fruit flies like decomposition/fermenting
fruit flies are great for experimental needs
flies are good for chronozones identity
male flies drink alcohol if they cant find a mate
insects with the need for antibiotics
Genghis an carried a load (wagon) of maggots with him into battle to help heal wounded soldiers (p. 160)

crickets (insect) can help our mental health
there is over 100 Chinese festival about insects
older people live longer in green areas
Many people have lost the opportunity to see NATURE
cockroach will NOTT survive a nuclear attack, but can obsord more radiation than humans

Plastic in going into landfills
more plastic than fish by 2050
beetles might be able to eat plastic (might be able to help)
plastic can be controlled by bacteria and beetles
it’s all about bacteria in a beetles gut

insects shred their skin many times as they age
honeybees could help us with work on dementia

Robot bees actually exist, for pollinating from lily to lily
for pollination dependent plants in greenhouses
“IT” to replace nature????

habitats are changing
over 1/2 of space is used for cattle raising and vegetation (agriculture)
we use artificial fertilizer excess nitrogen
Maybe 1/4er of all insects are on the way to extinction
ecosystems are changing
use pesticides which affects us
insects are declining in population


we are aggressively using land
climate change
use of pesticides
intro to non-native species

we need insect for some medication so protect their “land”
We need to have much dead wood for insects
Light pollution from street lamps
is a light the moon, this confuses the insect
city moths are not attracted by the artificial light
this alter insect in the ecosystem
restrict artificial light
Insect try to change with the climate
1/2 of the sixty-nine varieties of bumblebees will change do to climate change
There will be dramatic changes to beetles in any climate change.

We use HUGE amount of insecticides to protect food growth
Neonicotinoids are affecting butterflies and bees
5 million people died of Malaria by mosquitos

The giant bumblebees

some bees we put out to South America for pollination

Talk about “tree lobster” stick insects
started a breeding program
using cereal insecticides

new species need thousand of generations to develop
with all the current changes, it will hurt some insects.


We need insects, but they do not need us
let’s get insects on your “talking points”


Excellent index

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