Rarely do tequila/mezcal posts but I'm working on it 😅 So I made a hibiscus margarita 🌸 with a Middle Eastern touch by rimming the glass with a blend of salt and sumac.
If you've never tried sumac before, it's a spice and it's magic!! I use it pretty much on everything. It's tangy and lemony but not as sour or tart as lemons and worked well with the tequilas smoinkess 😜
Beautiful fresh white wax is a sign of a honey flow. When the nectar is coming into the hive in big quantities, the bees have the carbohydrates needed to produce wax. It is estimated that the production of wax requires 8 times the quantity of carbohydrate. In that case, to make a gram of wax, the Bee would need to consume 8 grams of honey/nectar to provide sufficient energy. Given it is the primary building block for the hive, it's no surprise it is a prized and recycled resource.
If there's an excess of nectar over and above what is required for brood production, they'll process/ripen it into honey, storing it for a 'rainy day'. The white wax sheet in this photo is a crucial cover to protect the perfectly manufactured contents beneath from being tainted by moisture, especially humidity. So when a small patch of wax is removed as the cross comb breaks when frames are separated, it's a quick clean up, and a short time later the 6 cells beneath these bees is dry and empty. #efficiency at its finest! #beekeeping#bees#apiary#pollinators#beekeeper#beekeepers#apis#pollinator#insects#urbanbeekeeping#sustainability#Australia#busybees#backyardbeekeeping#honey#nectar#honig#wax#beeswax#beautiful#storingforwinter#summer#bee
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This week, we are highlighting the five key steps in our Western Monarch Call to Action, the full text of which is available online at savewesternmonarchs.org.⠀
We posted about step one yesterday. Step two is to restore breeding and migratory habitat in California—in other words, to plant early season nectar plants and early season milkweed now, and over the next year, to cut back tropical milkweed and replace it with native milkweed varieties.⠀
We recommend checking out our Milkweed Seed Finder to locate a vendor near you: xerces.org/milkweed-seed-finder. You can also use our regional Monarch Nectar Plant Guides to find plants suitable to your area: xerces.org/monarch-nectar-plant-guides.⠀
As for what to plant, we recommend the following:⠀
- Sand verbena⠀
- Giant hyssop⠀
- Coyote brush, mule fat⠀
- Bee plant⠀
- Early emerging species native to California include woollypod (Asclepias eriocarpa), California (A. californica), and heartleaf milkweed (A. cordifolia); later-emerging native species with more seed availability include narrowleaf (A. fascicularis) and showy milkweed (A. speciosa).⠀
- In the desert southwest of California, plant rush (A. subulata) and desert milkweed (A. erosa). ⠀
- In all cases, we recommend planting milkweed species native to California, and ideally, to your specific area. It is best, since this situation is urgent, to plant young plants rather than seeds when possible.⠀
Finally, please spread the word! Share these posts, talk to your friends and family, and get as many people on board to #SaveWesternMonarchs !⠀
Thank you for your help! Together, we can make a difference for this iconic species and its magnificent migration.⠀
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