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YouTube // Deep Look

Swarms of Ladybugs in Ultra HD

YouTube // Deep Look
YouTube // Deep Look

Ladybugs are the only insects I actively try to touch and hang out with. They show up in the garden in the spring, eating aphids and generally going about their business. If I'm lucky, one lands on my hand and I get to count its spots. But what's the life of a ladybug like? How long do they live? Why are they red? Do they ever hang out in big groups?

In the video below, KQED's Deep Look gives us solid answers to all of my questions, tracking ladybug migration and hibernation in San Francisco. I won't ruin the surprises of the video below, but I will say: If you are interested in seeing countless ladybugs all in one place, you're gonna want to see this. (Also, because it's filmed in 4K Ultra HD, you'll probably want to go fullscreen and bump up the resolution to the max!)

For more on ladybugs, check out Deep Look's blog post, featuring animated GIFs of fun ladybug moments.

Fun fact: One time I ordered a large quantity of ladybugs from an online retailer. They're sold to gardeners who are looking to control aphids and other pests. The weird thing is, you can buy tens of thousands of them and they'll show up at your door a day or two later, with detailed instructions of how to release them and encourage them to stick around. (In my case, I think 99% of them left my garden within a day, but it was still quite a sight. Pro tip: You don't need tens of thousands of ladybugs for a small home garden.)

This Buzzed-About Modular Hive System Lets You Keep Your Bees Indoors

Have you ever considered beekeeping as a hobby? Would you enjoy the ticking time-bomb sensation that comes with keeping hundreds of bees under glass inside your home, as opposed to in the backyard or at some other safe distance from your living room? If you answered yes to both of these questions, the BEEcosystem might be for you.

Described as an observational honeybee hive, these 21-inch by 18-inch hexagonal displays are intended to be wall-mounted and feature a clear glass front that lets users stare into the bee abyss, as Business Insider reports.

When mounted indoors, the units come with a clear transfer tube that runs outdoors via a window sash so bees can forage for pollen. (If the tube gets dislodged, an auto-closing mechanism ensures that bees don’t invade your home.) The company strongly recommends that the units be mounted on wall studs to accommodate the weight of the bees and their honey.

A dog observes a BEEcosystem panel

The BEEcosystem also has a sliding feed panel so that you can nourish your new colony with water and table sugar, as well as a light-filtering cover so the bees aren’t disturbed by artificial light sources in the evening. The units can also be chain-linked to accommodate growing populations

You might be wondering if—angry bees in your kitchen aside—this is actually a good idea. When the BEEcosystem was beginning to get press during its developmental stages in 2015, some beekeepers voiced concerns about whether the consistently warm temperatures of indoor living might influence a bee’s life cycle, or if they might be more prone to disease. Since there's not yet a surplus of people with bee displays mounted on their dining room walls, no one's quite sure yet, but you can see how the system works in the video below.

You can preorder the hives, which are expected to ship later this year, for $599 each.

[h/t Business Insider]

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The Very Disgusting Reason You Should Always Wash New Clothes Before Wearing Them

It’s sometimes assumed that clothing with a price tag still dangling from the sleeve can skip an initial wash. Someone else may have tried it on, sure, but they didn’t run a marathon in it. Why not just throw it in the closet as soon as you get home?

One big reason: lice. As The Independent reports, Donald Belsito, a professor of dermatology at Columbia University Medical Center, told NBC's Today show recently that clothing fresh off store racks can harbor infestations of lice, scabies, or fungus.

You might be familiar with head lice as the dreaded insects that occupy the scalp and give school health monitors cause for concern. Head lice can be transmitted via clothing and other fabrics, and anyone who tried on a shirt or dress before you did can be a carrier. While they only live for one or two days without a blood meal, that’s still enough time to cause problems if something is being tried on frequently.

Scabies is far more insidious. The mites are too small to see, but the allergic reaction they cause by burrowing into your skin to lay eggs will be obvious.

Both scabies and lice can be treated with topical solutions, but it’s better to kill them by washing new clothes in hot water. A good soak can also get rid of formaldehyde, a common chemical used in fabrics to help ward off mold in case stock gets wet in transit. Formaldehyde can cause allergic skin reactions. For all of these reasons, it’s best to hit the washing machine before those new pants ever hit your hanger.

[h/t Independent]


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