Raw honey has been used against infections for millennia, before honey — as we now know it — was manufactured and sold in stores. So what is the key to its’ antimicrobial properties? Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have identified a unique group of 13 lactic acid bacteria found in fresh honey, from the honey stomach of bees. The bacteria produce a myriad of active antimicrobial compounds.These lactic acid bacteria have now been tested on severe human wound pathogens such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Pseudomonas aeruginosa and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE), among others. When the lactic acid bacteria were applied to the pathogens in the laboratory, it counteracted all of them.
Tobias C Olofsson, Èile Butler, Pawel Markowicz, Christina Lindholm, Lennart Larsson, Alejandra Vásquez. Lactic acid bacterial symbionts in honeybees - an unknown key to honey’s antimicrobial and therapeutic activities. International Wound Journal, 2014; DOI: 10.1111/iwj.12345
Birch shield bug - elasmostethus interstinctus
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“THE VIEW FROM ABOVE" series on Flickr by itchydogimages/SINOBUG
- a collection of caterpillar images captured from the bird’s eye view
(Pu’er, Yunnan, China)
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by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China
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Caught one of my hissers post molt today. Isn’t he beautiful?
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…is a species of Uraniid moth which occurs in Sri Lanka, southern India, China, Borneo and the Solomon Islands. Phazaca luecocera larvae are known to feed on Canthium spp. Intrestingly they will typically rest on the underside of old leaves but will only feed on young leaves.
Image: L. Shyamal