Wonderful Wednesday – The Rainbow Eucalyptus Tree

Wonderful Wednesday – The Rainbow Eucalyptus Tree

Hey there,

Have you ever heard of the rainbow eucalyptus tree? They were bought to my attention this week by 2 of my lovely friends.

The Rainbow Eucalyptus tree is actuall called Eucalyptus deglupta and are the only eucalyptus tree that is indigineous to the nothern hemespere. Standing at up to 250 feet, or 76 metres, these tall beauties can be found in the Phillippines, New Guinea and Indinesia. This is because the tropical rain forests get a lot of rain helping it to grow.

So why is it like a rainbow then? Well, I’m glad you asked dear reader, because it’s quite cool. The tree boasts colours such as red, orange, grey, blue and green which appear in vertical stripes because the tree sheds it bark very slowly, so the previous seasons bark is what reveals the different streaks. As the bark peels at different times the colours it relevels underneath will be different stages of the new bark growing. How cool is that?

I urge you to look these trees up, they are facinating, and if you ge tthe chance to see one in real life, do let me know!

See you soon!

xx

To Bee or not to Bee?

To Bee or not to Bee?

Happy Monday All!

Sorry about the little absence, my health was a bit dodgy, but I’m back now, so yay!

I spend a lot of time in my garden and I am lucky enough to have a lovely man (Flip) who makes it pretty for me. Thank you Flip! I often see lots of bees buzzing around the bushes such as the lavender, the buddleia and these cool bushes that I have no idea what they are. I really should look them up, remind me later people!

I took some photos and popped a picture of the honey bee I found on instagram (@jerra_writes also @chickenbeeblog), but then this really cool guy @richarddowlingwildlife informed me that it was actually a hoverfly.

Being curious of nature I asked him how to tell the difference and he said the easiest way to do this is to look at their eyes. Hoverflies have eyes on the top of their head (See picture below) and honey bees have eyes on the side of their heads (See picture below the other one).

A hoverfly in my garden
Honey bees having a conversation, probably about the weather if they’re British!

Can you see the difference? To me hoverflies look a little cross-eyed and confused!

I needed to know why they look so similar so I took a closer look and this is what I discovered. Hoverflies are copycats! They do something called Batesian mimicry which is where one animal, usually a harmless one, in this case the hoverfly who doesn’t have a stinger, mimics another one better equip to deal with predators. The pattern they adopted leads potential predators to believe they are bees who will sting them and taste revolting so they leave them alone. Pretty genius!

There are around 250 species of hoverfly in the UK, some of them mimic wasps, or bumblebees or even small slugs (What?). The hoverfly I met was a drone-fly, as they mimic honey bees.

I love bees, I have dreams of being an apiarist one day. I still welcome hoverflies into my garden, but I may point at them from time to time and scream ‘imposter’ but that’s my prerogative, being my garden and all.

Do you get bees or hoverflies in your garden?

See you soon!

The 30 Days Wild Challenge

The 30 Days Wild Challenge

Hey guys,

So today should be about journal prompts but I’ve decided to go with the 30 Day Challenge by Kent Wildlife Trust. It’s something I do every year and get a lot out of it so I thought you might like to join me?

It’s as simple as it sounds, you do something to benefit or increase your knowledge/enjoyment of your local wildlife every day for 30 days.

This could be something like feeding the birds, which is how I’ve kicked my challenge off, or learning to spot 5 new species of wildlife (including insects, let’s be all inclusive people!), going for a walk in the woods, feeding the ducks or planting some new flowers. As long as it’s about nature and wildlife you can do anything!

Bird feeders looking pretty darn full!

I would love to see your progress so stay in touch!

Enjoy!

Launch Day!

Launch Day!

Hey there! It’s wonderful of you to join me here on launch day!

So, what is Chicken Bee? It’s a shiny new blog where you can read good news articles, learn some quirky facts, try a new craft, read a book review and check out some funky stationary. Sound good? Yeah, I thought it was pretty cool.

There will be several reoccurring posts such as the book and stationary reviews, as well as a couple more topics, but I dont want to ruin the surprise! I will aim to post at least twice a week so you have something interesting to read on the way to or from work, waiting for an appointment or on the loo (no judgement here folks!).

I can be found at my messy desk that’s full of colour and chaos, which pretty much sums me up, feel free to drop me a comment or email, I will always reply.

My desk in the ‘yellow room’

Without further ado, I give you, Chicken Bee! (Insert huge fanfare, lead by Chickens, obviously!)

Be sure to follow me or subscribe to my emails so you don’t miss any wonderful content. I look forward to getting to know you a little better.