Hedgehogs, Bats and Lightning Bugs

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

Not bees.

‘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

two hedgehogs

hedgehog pictures

hedgehog images

baby hedgehog pictures

adorable hedgehog

brown hedgehog

mini hedgehog

are hedgehogs soft

hedgehog names

sad hedgehog

young hedgehog

Almost as popular was my post about lightning bugs…

lightning bugs

lightning bugs

firefly insect

firefly bug

lightning bugs at night

pictures of lightning bugs

light bugs

lightning bugs in a jar

beautiful firefly

lightning bug images

how to make lightning bugs in a jar

lightning bugs in a mason jar

lightning bug season ohio

lighting insects

And then there were a few posts about bats and how cute they can be…

cute bats

cute bat

cute bat photos

bat stamps

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?

NO!!   🙂

The Land Of Dormice And Hedgehogs

The posts I reblogged today by Rachel at Ecology Escapades and Robin Jean Marie at Bringing Europe Home are helping me to get into a British frame of mind!

Rachel blogged about setting tubes for dormice to nest in. Dormice are incredibly adorable!  We don’t have them in Ohio…

Adorable Dormouse

Pure Adorability!

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’.

Dormouse in the Mad Hatter’s Teapot – “Alice in Wonderland”

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!