A Conversation for Colours of Wildlife: Death's Head Hawk Moth

Poor African bees.

Post 1

Elektragheorgheni -Please read 'The Post'

Not only do they have to worry about nasty ratels, but they have to worry about these moths as well! No wonder some of them get real aggressive and dangerous as killer bees!smiley - yikes

In Europe and North America they have insecticides to contend with but these natural predators are nearly as destructive. Honey badgers are really terrible critters. They are exceeding intelligent and unfortunately single minded. In the Nature episode I sent you a link for a bee keeper tries without success to build a platform for his hives that will keep them out. The honey badgers are really lousy neighbours.


Poor African bees.

Post 2

Willem

Hi Elektra! Thanks for the comment. I don't actually think the bees in the wild have much trouble from ratels, or from hawkmoths! At least over here, death's head hawk moths are rather rare. And wild bees often successfully make their nests high up in trees where even ratels can't get at them!

I'll try and get to that video ... net not *super* cooperative right now ...


Poor African bees.

Post 3

Elektragheorgheni -Please read 'The Post'

Hope you can get to that honey badger video soon. I love the latest cute critter pic you just sent to DG. Here is an item on ancient kangeroos that I thought you'd be interested in:

http://news.yahoo.com/stop-hop-huge-ancient-kangaroos-hopping-dicey-180206219.html

These big old kangaroos really couldn't hop.


Poor African bees.

Post 4

Willem

Thanks for that article, I found it fascinating! It still seems to me very weird to think of those big kangaroos *walking* ... I do hope we can learn more. But most I hope we can soon invent a time machine to go back and see for sure how they really went about.


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