Pick & Mix 63 – haikus, red leaves, insect opera, insect declines (again), nature friendly cities, dung beetles, bird names and pollinators

Ever wondered why some young leaves are red?  Ray Cannon explains

Winners of the 2021 Hexapod haiku contest – I did enter but……..  ☹

Really interesting article (lots of graphics) about how eating habits have changed in the USA since 1970

Like Opera, interested in nature then you might want to catch this – Locust: The Opera

Providing regular water supplies for humans may be causing insect declines in the tropics

There are over 7,000 English names for birds – here’s what they teach us about our changing relationship with nature

Introducing new dung beetles to Australia: battling the cane toad’s legacy

What would a truly Nature-friendly city look like?

Ecomimicry: the nature-inspired approach to design that could be the antidote to urban ‘blandscapes’

Disentangling the facts from the myths about pollinators – Einstein’s bees, sound bites and vitamins

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  1. Did I read this here or somewhere else.
    “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would
    only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination,
    no more plants, no more animals, no more man.”
    http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2013-August/128232.html
    Einstein biographer Alice Calaprice speculated that this general (mis)attribution was probably based on his letter of December 12, 1951 to schoolchildren

    “Dear Children: … Without sunlight there is: no wheat, no bread, no
    grass, no cattle, no meat, no milk, and everything would be frozen. No
    LIFE. [Calaprice, _Ultimate Quotable Einstein_ (2011), p. 82.]
    file:///C:/Users/hille/Downloads/The%20Ultimate%20Quotable%20Einstein%20-%20Calaprice,%20Alice_4550.pdf

    In 1941 Ernest A. Fortin wrote on the subject of bee extinction in the “Canadian Bee Journal”. Fortin assigned the remark about plants and bees to Albert Einstein, and he may have accidentally mixed it up a similar quote attributed to Charles Darwin, but this is the earliest known connection between Einstein and the topic of ecological damage caused by bee extinction. He said
    “Yes, every kind of animal or insect is a link in the endless chain of nature and, if a link is removed, it is a long time before the chain serves again its full purpose. If I remember well, it was Einstein who said: “Remove the bee from the earth and at the same stroke you remove at least one hundred thousand plants that will not survive.”
    In 1951 a group of schoolchildren wrote to Einstein and asked whether there
    “would be living things on the earth if the sun burnt out,” and he replied:
    “Without sunlight there is: no wheat, no bread, no grass, no cattle, no meat, no milk, and everything would be frozen. No LIFE.”
    https://quoteinvestigator.com/2013/08/27/einstein-bees/#return-note-7108-16
    The Quote showed up again in June 1965 in a French periodical “Abeilles et Fleurs” it printed the same remark ascribed to Einstein while acknowledging “La Vie des Bêtes”:
    Et Einstein, le grand Einstein, a calculé que si toutes les abeilles du monde étaient exterminées, il ne faudrait pas plus de quatre ans a l’homme pour disparaître du globe.
    Don’t worry the Irish had a hand in it too when in April 1966, The Irish Beekeeper: An Beachaire, Volume 20, Number 4, Section: News from Abroad by Mrs. G. V. Poulton,
    https://eds.a.ebscohost.com/eds/detail/detail?vid=1&sid=f6d9819d-1421-4336-bbb9-d6874c55f24a%40sdc-v-sessmgr01&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWRzLWxpdmU%3d#AN=ucb.b17025943&db=cat04202a
    Printed the same remark attributed to Einstein in English. It acknowledged the above French periodical “Abeilles et Fleurs” for the quotation:
    “Professor Einstein, the learned scientist, once calculated that if all bees disappeared off the earth, four years later all humans would also have disappeared.”
    Abeilles et fleurs, June, 1965.
    It is also reported that the quote appeared again in 1994. When during a protest by beekeepers in Brussels a pamphlet was distributed by the National Union of French Apiculture. They more than likely, distorted Einstein’s above letter of December 12, 1951 to schoolchildren.
    This pamphlet was mentioned in a report in The Scotsman by Chris McLaughlin in his article “Fearful Beekeepers Plead for Curbs on Honey Imports,”
    A pamphlet distributed [in Brussels] by the National Union of French Apiculture quoted Albert Einstein. “If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live. No more bees, no more pollination … no more men!” [From Chris Mclaughlin’s “Fearful Beekeepers Plead for Curbs on Honey Imports,” The Scotsman, 25 January 1994.]

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