Portuguese designer Susana Soares has developed a device for detecting cancer and other serious diseases using trained bees. The bees are placed in a glass chamber into which the patient exhales; the bees fly into a smaller secondary chamber if they detect cancer.
Scientists have found that honey bees - Apis mellifera - have an extraordinary sense of smell that is more acute than that of a sniffer dog and can detect airborne molecules in the parts-per-trillion range.
Bees can be trained to detect specific chemical odours, including the biomarkers associated with diseases such as tuberculosis, lung, skin and pancreatic cancer.
Monarch butterflies at the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve - Michoacan and Mexico state, Mexico | image by Edgard Garrido
Found one of these in my garden on a lime tree, gave it a poke and it shot out these little red things! I thought it was really cool and I looked it up to see what it was, it is a “Papilio aegeus ~ Citrus Swallowtail Butterfly”
"When disturbed, the caterpillars are inclined to rear up at the front, evert a red osmeterium, and produce a citrus smell." http://butterflyhouse.com.au/
Just one of those little natural wonders that live right under our noses.
Praying Mantis - Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii.
This beautiful whalbergii evolved through two of its nymph-stages on the Barberton Daisy at left, surviving because of its bright color which blended so well with the flower. Towards the end of its growth into an adult, it became a little more adventurous (but not much more) as pictured here. Once it had shed the layer in this picture, it became a fully-fledged adult, and departed after about two weeks. Total stay in this tiny ecosystem was approximately six weeks.
Photo Credit : Fred Turck
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Spotted this guy on an evening walk in suburban NJ…Praying Mantis.