Be careful on November 5th!! Your Hedgehog friends will thank you!!
I just read a very funny post by Emily Heath at Adventuresinbeeland’s Blog about some of the more unusual search terms people used to find her blog in 2012.
A few examples:
‘woodlice droppings’ – 16 times
Urgh. I have failed to find any photos of woodlice droppings on my blog to keep these people happy. My internet research suggests that woodlice droppings are about 1mm in width and look like black dust particles.
‘what do hives look like on adults’ – 6 times
Wrong type of hives.
‘what causes hives under the armpits’ – 2 times
‘honey dripping on body’ – 2 times
Think they wanted a different kind of blog!
‘jon and sarah pie and mash wedding’ – 1 time
Inspired by Emily, I took a look at the search terms people used to find my blog in 2012.
What I realized was that my blog posts can be, well, a bit random. Not always about bees, gardening and cooking with honey.
For instance, I posted about hedgehogs.
I really like hedgehogs. Evidently, so do a lot of other people. Some of the terms used to find it:
baby hedgehog pictures
are hedgehogs soft
Almost as popular was my post about lightning bugs…
lightning bugs at night
pictures of lightning bugs
lightning bugs in a jar
lightning bug images
how to make lightning bugs in a jar
lightning bugs in a mason jar
lightning bug season ohio
And then there were a few posts about bats and how cute they can be…
cute bat photos
cute bat pictures
But no Bee Blog would be complete without the Eternal Question…
is honey bee poop or vomit?
is honey made of bee poop?
Rachel blogged about setting tubes for dormice to nest in. Dormice are incredibly adorable! We don’t have them in Ohio…
Dormice are small rodents with soft, orange-brown fur and long tails of a similar colour which are furred all over. They are so adorable that many people would like to be able to watch them. Unfortunately, because they are almost entirely nocturnal this presents a challenge.
The fact that the dormouse hibernates is reflected in some of the local English names. In the counties of Hampshire and Cornwall it is known as ‘dory mouse’ and ‘dozing mouse’ respectively: in many counties it is known as the ‘sleeper’, the ‘seven sleeper’, or ‘sleep mouse’. Its attractive appearance has a fairy tale charm and other delightful local names include ‘chestle crumb’ and ‘derry mouse’.
At present it is found in England and Wales but not in Scotland and Ireland. As noted above, they also do not favor Ohio…
There is no doubt that the dormouse is not as common as it once was. Changes in farming practices and forestry methods have been harmful to dormice. There have been changes recently and there are schemes to repopulate areas with this little beastie, of which Rachel at Ecology Escapades is a part.
Challenging the dormouse for sheer adorability is the hedgehog. Who can forget the two young hedgehogs who got lost on their way to school in The Wind in the Willows?
The non-literary hedgehogs are adorable too!
In fact, hedgehogs are so adorable, they have their own Preservation Society!
- Gardens: sharp practices to encourage hedgehogs (bfreenews.com)
- Where’s mum? Three baby hedgehogs rescued after mother abandons them behind old washing machine (dailymail.co.uk)
- are hedgehogs spikes really sharp? How much? (greenanswers.com)
- Hedgehog rescued from clay ditch (scotsman.com)