June 2020 Pollinator Celebration Release Challenge June 1st - June 30th

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Pollinator Celebration Release Challenge June 1st to June 30th, 2020.

Note: The coronavirus pandemic has made it difficult for many of us to wild release books this year. Go ahead and register your pollinator related books and release them whenever you feel comfortable to do so.

No prizes, just fun and the opportunity to learn about the many different kinds of pollinating creatures that are important to our survival in this universe.

June 22-28 is Pollinator Week for 2020. However this release challenge will be for the whole month of June. Pollinator week has grown into an international celebration so I’m hoping that BC’ers all over the world will join in.

I’ve included some informative links about pollinators below.

In 2007 the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week has now grown into an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, flies,
butterflies, moths, bats, beetles and insects of many other types. https://pollinator.org/---/pollinator-week

"These hard-working animals help pollinate over 75% of our flowering plants, and nearly 75% of our crops. Often we may not notice the hummingbirds, bats, bees, beetles, butterflies, and flies that carry pollen from one plant to another as they collect nectar. Yet without them, wildlife would have fewer nutritious berries and seeds, and we would miss many fruits, vegetables, and nuts, like blueberries, squash, and almonds . . . not to mention chocolate and coffee…all of which depend on pollinators.” US Fish and Wildlife Service https://www.fws.gov/---/pollinators

"Many people are unaware that over 500 plant species rely on bats to pollinate their flowers, including species of mango, banana, cocoa, durian, guava and agave (used to make tequila). So, next time you eat some chocolate, say thanks to the bats! The pollination of plants by bats is called chiropterophily.” https://www.bats.org.uk/---/why-bats-matter
NWLF National Wildlife Federation https://www.nwf.org/---/Pollinator-Month
The Xerces Society for Pollinator Conservation https://xerces.org/---/plant-lists

All types of releases acceptable, Wild, Controlled, Book boxes etc.

Fiction and non-fiction books, field guides on insects, science books, children’s books
(a lot of children’s books have insects in/on them ), butterflies, bees and beetles and cover art depicting pollinators etc. And of course any words in the tile or embedded on the book's cover. Cover art depicting any kind of pollinator, bee hives, honey comb etc.
How to books…ie…how to plant a butterfly or hummingbird garden…pollinator garden…how to care for bee hives …

Acceptable words and image list: bees, wasps, flies, ants, male mosquitos, midges, butterflies, moths, beetles…Bats and birds too.… example, hummingbird…words like apiarian, apiary, apiarist, bumble, honey, pollen, pollinate, honey comb, honey cake, honey bear, beekeeper, bee hive, hive, etc. any word pertaining to bees & honey. Ladybugs, ladybird, lady beetle, June bug, June beetle, May beetle, fireflies, lightning bugs, metamorphosis ... this list will be growing, suggestions welcome!

Mammals: bats and Bush-babies...

 

1. Death BEE Comes Her ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15787316/ ), from a honey-themed cozy series; wild release, photo

 

Released at different LFLs, with photos:

2. Winter BEEs and Other Poems of the Cold ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15933553/ )

3. Queen BEE Goes Home Again ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15884912/ )

 

1. The Natural Way to Pest-Free Gardening https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15476061

The book has a beautiful drawing of the beneficial Ichneumon WASP on it's cover. This book contains photos and drawings and information about beneficial INSECTS you want to have in your garden.

 

LFL release with photo

1. Butterfly - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15946178

 

Hawaii has a white morph of the monarch butterfly. I'm not sure if they appear anywhere else in the world.

http://www.explorebiodiversity.com/---/Monarchs.htm

White monarch butterfly images https://duckduckgo.com/?...

 

Wow! Interesting. Thanks for posting.

 

Hawaii has a white morph of the monarch butterfly. I'm not sure if they appear anywhere else in the world.

http://www.explorebiodiversity.com/---/Monarchs.htm

White monarch butterfly images https://duckduckgo.com/?...

Pretty sure I've seen them, but I wasn't sure they were "real" monarchs as opposed to something else. Interesting to read the explanation: it seems like bulbuls will eat just about anything. :(

 

 

3. Prodigal Summer https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15950116

This book's endpapers have beautiful drawings of various insects, particularly moths, the IO, Cecropia, and Luna by Paul Mirocha. Also drawings of beetles and true bugs. These insects are mentioned throughout the book.

 

4. Your Coffin or Mine?: A Novel of Vampire Love ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15720705/ ), for the BATs on the cover; LFL release, multiple challenges

 

 

4. Slugs, BUGS, and Salamanders https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14643963
discovering animals in your garden. Many beneficial INSECT types discussed and illustrated. Also chapter on HUMMINGBIRDS.

 

5. https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15955790 CICADA by CRICKET press
CICADA on the cover and drawings and a photo of various INSECTS and a HUMMINGBIRD throughout.

 

1. [Butterflies] in the Garden
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10135584

 

5. Flowers Are Calling ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15884918/ ), for the bee and butterfly on the cover - plus the entire book is about the different kinds of pollinators attracted to various plants. Wild release (in a garden!), photo.

6. The Return of the HONEY Buzzard ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15788991/ ), wild release, photo.

 

2. [Bees] Book of Big and Small*
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15549208

* This is the second year in a row that this book was released for the pollinator release challenge!

 

3. That's Not My Chick (bees on cover)
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15796329

 


"Euglossine bees known as 'Orchid Bees' are the exclusive pollinators of almost 700 orchid species! Many Euglossine bees boast metallic jewel tones in brilliant sapphire blues and deep emerald greens." - Tovah Siegel, NMNH Entomology

https://duckduckgo.com/?...

 

I identified this as an American Thintail Fly. Let me know if I'm right or wrong! :D
https://www.instagram.com/---/CB1mIVQhyIXu2gQdUweebt6Yo3lHc02ivmpJyw0/

 

I identified this as an American Thintail Fly. Let me know if I'm right or wrong! :D
https://www.instagram.com/---/CB1mIVQhyIXu2gQdUweebt6Yo3lHc02ivmpJyw0/

Sorry SqueakyChu but I do not subscribe to Instagram so I cannot access the photo.

 

Sorry SqueakyChu but I do not subscribe to Instagram so I cannot access the photo.

I messaged you the picture.

 

Sorry SqueakyChu but I do not subscribe to Instagram so I cannot access the photo.

I messaged you the picture.


Thanks Squeaky, the insect is indeed a fly. We call these types of flies bee mimics. This looks like a hoverfly to me. They are good pollinators and do not sting like honey bees. BTW most bee species do not sting. The honey bee stings because it has a hive, queen and honey to defend.

https://www.beethechangehoney.com/---/pollinator-of-the-month-hoverfly

https://sites.google.com/---/syrphus

 

This looks like a hoverfly to me.


I think you're right. I changed the insect id on inaturalist. Thanks!

Here's the picture for others to look at on inaturalist,
https://www.inaturalist.org/---/50834854

 

4. The Adventures of Captain Underp[ants]
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15963420

5. Captain Underp[ants]s and the Attack of the Talking Toilets
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15963416

6. Captain Underp[ants] and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15963422

7. Captain Underp[ants] And The Perilous Plot Of Professor Poopyp[ants]
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15963418

That's it for me.
Books released for this challenge: 7
Thanks for the challenge, Ziippy

 

Thank you to everyone who joined in the Pollinator Celebration Release Challenge this year. Due to the CV 19 pandemic a lot of BC'ers did not feel comfortable releasing books at this time. I plan to do this challenge again next year. I find it fun and educational.
🌸🐝🐜🦋🐞🕷🌸🦇🐌
Thanks SqueakyChu for the photo of the hoverfly aka flowerfly, a bee mimic that is a very important pollinator. Again thanks to all who joined in this year!

GoryDetails
hyphen8
solittletime
&
SqueakyChu

 

Again thanks to all who joined in this year!

Sorry I only had one book: I know I have at least one more, somewhere, but I couldn't find it in time. :(

 

Released on time. Posted late.

1 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15916969/ The Secret Life of BEES

2 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15945595/ BUTTERFLIES, BEATLES, BEES and Bugs

3 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15916994/ Little BEE

4 - https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15595283/ BUG Fun!

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