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Dr Margaret Aranda: Ladybugs & Biology

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  1. ProducerAndrew Porter

    Andrew Porter

    What is a Horticulturist? What does a Horticulturist actually do?
    What is a Horticulturist? What does a Horticulturist actually do? It seems that I maybe the only Horticulturist on beBee at the moment! so to give some bees a better understanding of what a Horticulturist is and does (unless some already know!) I have put this article together; which I have tried to keep...


    Andrew Porter
    02/09/2016 #18 Andrew Porter
    #17 Thanks @Mohammad Azam Khan it is rewarding and beneficial for the planet....when you think about it without plants, trees and shrubs there would be no life on earth! I am also pleased that you enjoy your garden, keep it up!
    Mohammad Azam Khan
    01/09/2016 #17 Mohammad Azam Khan
    #15 Meaningful observation that so rewarding and most useful of activities for choice and like @Ali Anani helps to keep the flow pure. The good life @Andrew Porter. I love the day I get to enjoy the garden as well.
    Andrew Porter
    01/09/2016 #16 Andrew Porter
    #2 @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD you asked about Hydrangeas as you were finding them difficult, I am sure this link to the RHS Hydrangea information pages will provide you with all the answers you should require, if not then please let me know, here is the link.....
    Andrew Porter
    01/09/2016 #15 Andrew Porter
    #14 @Donna-Luisa Eversley thanks, how could I possibly forget that...the beauty of nature on a daily basis!! planting is very therapeutic although if your doing it for a few hours it can have its toll on ones back! And I'll also let you in on a secret I do like to sit and watch the flowers and all the different insects that are attracted to them, its just so relaxing...well for me it is!
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    01/09/2016 #14 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    @Andrew Porter and don't forget, you get to see the beauty in the environment daily! Thanks for breaking it down, now I won't think all you do is plant beautiful gardens and watch flowers daily!
    Andrew Porter
    31/08/2016 #13 Andrew Porter
    #12 Thank you @Jim 🐝 Cody for commenting, I like your reference to the Giant Sequoia trees, earlier this year at The Eden Project in Cornwall over here in the UK 40 saplings were planted of coast Redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) they were cloned from some of the ancient plants in California, to help preserve this giant species for future generations, they were planted along the entrance road to Eden and will eventually form one amazing avenue!
    Jim 🐝 Cody
    31/08/2016 #12 Jim 🐝 Cody
    @Andrew Porter A Good interesting read about your field of work. I'm always amazed about plants and their history. Having lived in California for many years and seeing the great sequoia is truly amazing. The giant sequoia is among the tallest, widest and longest-lived of all organisms on Earth.
    Andrew Porter
    31/08/2016 #11 Andrew Porter
    #9 #10 Thank you @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman for your appreciation I am also pleased to hear that you find plants and trees soothing, they are indeed therapeutic for we busy humans or should that be 'Bees' thanks also for the share.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    31/08/2016 #10 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Sharing in Bee Inspired
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    31/08/2016 #9 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Interesting read Andrew Porter and thank you for sharing your knowledge. I find plants and trees soothing. We live in an apartment and our back porch is full of plants. My husband works hard at keeping up with them.
    Andrew Porter
    31/08/2016 #8 Andrew Porter
    Well that's a new term for it @Kevin Pashuk! I also remember in my early days of horticulture getting told off for saying 'Weed'... as the general term is actually 'a plant out of place' but hay ho I still say weed, and funnily over here in Yorkshire we say swathes of colour! but yes horticulture or gardening if you like, can be very therapeutic besides many other benefits one can get from this activity!
    Kevin Pashuk
    31/08/2016 #7 Kevin Pashuk
    Ahhh. @Andrew Porter. I always thought it as "horrible culture" since I seemed to get all the weed pulling chores added to my list. Having said that, my wife has created a wonderful space using plants that provide beautiful swatches of colours all season long. A very necessary vocation in this busy world of ours.
    Andrew Porter
    31/08/2016 #6 Andrew Porter
    #3 Thanks for participating @Irene Hackett I am pleased you found the article of use, although I kept it slightly brief so as not to bore people, to be honest we can actually learn a lot about life from how we nurture and tend to plants, there are actually some similarities, great also to hear that you learned from your Dad....I reckon that would make a really interesting readable Buzz!
    Andrew Porter
    31/08/2016 #5 Andrew Porter
    #2 Thank you @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD great how you explain about how people are changing there landscapes due to the law on sprinklers, although grass can be quite remarkable at rejuvenating from droughts, longer periods without water will eventually kill it off, I didn't know that one could buy Lady Birds or Bugs as you call them, now this should be something that we could incorporate over here in the UK what a great idea!
    Thanks for your request about Hydrangeas yes I will write something about them and will let you know when this is done, I didn't really expect to receive any comments as horticulture is either a hit or a miss, it is a topic where you have to try and grab the attention not easy to do when there is only one of me...but I'll keep digging away so to speak!
    Andrew Porter
    31/08/2016 #4 Andrew Porter
    #1 Robert thank you for commenting, it never surprises me when I receive comments that there is or was a horticulturist in the family lovely to hear that you learned about plants from your Mother, and yes we can learn a lot from plants...some have a remarkable knack of been able to manage all on their own once they have been left to fend for themselves, and there are some plants and trees around the planet that are easily around 2 to 3 thousand years old, for example one of the oldest trees in Europe is said to be a 1,075 year old Bosnian Pine, plenty to right about I would say!
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    31/08/2016 #2 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #1 Excellent article, and I love all the biology! In So. California (Los Angeles) - we grew up in a drought (no brushing your teeth with the water on!) - and all of a sudden they passed a new law that no one can sprinkle lawns with water more than 2-3 times a week, and of course never from 10am-2pm (Oh! and no washing cars in your driveway!). So many people are buying succulent cactus and spreading it all over their landscape. They hold water, serving as 'double-duty
    to help retard fires during the hot Santa Ana winds. But all of a sudden when that new law passed, everyone was agasht to let their lawns saunter into a slow, dehydrated death. Totally changed how things are landscaped. - and just one note that I love about gardens: you can buy ladybugs in a paper cup at the local nursery (my Fav shopping place) so they eat all the aphids destroying the roses! Great article - keep writing more! Can you tell us about hydrangeas? I find them most difficult (and loving your Pic here, it is fantastic)!
    Robert Cormack
    31/08/2016 #1 Robert Cormack
    My mother was a horticulturalist, Andrew, and you've explained what they do very well. I learned a lot about plants. What I didn't learn was how not to be forgetful. My surviving plants all live with the knowledge that I'm forgetful (funnily enough, they've all be alive over fifteen years. We should take a lesson from plants, Andrew. They're far more forgiving than us—and they live longer (in plant years).
  2. ProducerMargaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    Little Missy Two-Shoes Likes a Ladybug
    Little Missy Two-Shoes Likes a Ladybug/ by Dr Margaret Aranda /  Little Missy Two-Shoes is a character that embodies my little girl as a toddler. As a Mom, I just had so much fun giggling and being full of laughter with my very own daughter (See Image 1)! She was so smashingly cute that...


    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    26/08/2016 #17 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #16 Aweee! Thank you so much! (I'm glad I can keep her 'little' forever in the 'shrunken' form of her book! :) ~Children are such a blessing!
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    20/08/2016 #15 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #10 I could never see something like that objectively, so thank you for this precious gift to mark my baby girl's birthday! Nothing could be better, now!
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    20/08/2016 #14 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #7 You have captured the essence of producing a strong daughter, my David Navarro Lopez! My father (the rocket scientist) taught me I could capture not only the man in the moon, but the cheese in China, too! So if your daughter came down with such trauma, I know she would bee just like mee-Bee and grow stronger. For if there were no hills to climb, struggles that unwind to make our minds and bodies better, how could we survive to attain the biggest mountain climbs? I definitely wouldn't want my life to be a flat road, no sir! So thank you for reminding me that (yes, indeed, I do believe) all things do work together for good. I 'lived' off Romans 8:28 on this. It was my bliss.
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    20/08/2016 #13 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #6 My Sweet @Ali Anani, Ph.D.: my thoughts exactly, when she was only three. I felt that my life was completed. I just did.
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    20/08/2016 #12 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #5 Awwe! Thank you, dearest @Robert Bell! Aren't you just so very swell? 🐝 🐛 🐌 🐞. And I noted that emoji.com has the caterpillar and the slug between the bee and the ladybug. Am certain that @Ali Anani, @debasish majumder, @Anees Zaidi, @Mohammed A. Jawad could see something fractal here.
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    20/08/2016 #11 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #4 I know what a great father you are, dear kind sir. So thank you, as the word, "lovely' is just perfect to hear.❤️ 💛 💙 💜
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    20/08/2016 #10 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Little Missy Two-Shoes is beautiful. She has your smile, Margaret.
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    19/08/2016 #8 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #3 ...you are so very dear! Yes I shall email it now! Thank you!
    David Navarro López
    18/08/2016 #7 Anonymous
    Your daughter's sweet smile made me remember the one of my own daughter, now 26. At this age they are all sweetness, and mostly surprised while opening her eyes to the world. We should all not loose this bright in our eyes.
    I have seen as well the David Cannom video you linked, and I can not imagine what a hell you have been through (and still are).
    From the outlook of a father, and thinking that the disease you are suffering would be as a consequence of the car accident on which your daughter was too, the thought about the possibility of my daughter suffering this disease would be for me unbearable.
    I am not prone to say that "everything happens for good" or "God knows why is sending this to me".
    But wise and sensitive people like you, take the advantage of bad experiences too.
    And like forging steel, you have used the bad times in your life which put you in red-hot and banged you like with a blacksmith hammer,
    to forge a better person, if this was possible.
    Great you are.
    Ali Anani
    18/08/2016 #6 Ali Anani
    @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD - your daughter with sharpness, brightness in he eyes, and honey-like smile you don't need to worry about anything.
    Robert Bell
    18/08/2016 #5 Robert Bell
    She sure is a beauty!
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    18/08/2016 #4 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #1 This lovely Margaret. Happy birthday to your cute little missy two shoes !
    debasish majumder
    18/08/2016 #3 debasish majumder
    Happy birthday and plentiful blessings to your little lady bug madam Margaret Aranda. lovely posy you shared alluring me to go through the book, which will equally reflect the nature's bounty of a lovely mother like you, equally precious.
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    18/08/2016 #1 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    Happy BIrthday to My Daughter! Welcoming MyNewBeeZ, those who love children's books, ladybugs, trees and of course, beeZ! @Julee Kim, @Angela Wice, @prabhakara rao rajarapu, @Paula Cofre, @Manish Nair | Research Postgrad, @Jeff Roberts, @ULKU KIZILKAYA, @Doug Vermeulen, @Ray Looker, @Randy Smith, @Kirstie-Sweetie Louise, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian, @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, @debasish majumder, @CityVP 🐝 Manjit, @Mohammed A. Jawad, @mohammed khalaf, @Ali Anani!
  3. Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    Just a little list of all the ladybugs and manbugs and colors and spots and shapes. Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
  4. ProducerMargaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    "Buggez" and "BArticles"
    "Buggez" and "BArticles"/ by Dr Margaret Aranda /                              Dedicated to Javier Cámara-Rica and Juan Imaz for naming us 'Beez' instead of 'Ladybugs,'                                                Even though, yes, Ladybugs are One of my Most Favorite...


    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    06/09/2016 #24 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #22 Absolutely, and I'm reminded to say that I'm glad our paths crossed, too ;)
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    06/09/2016 #23 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #21 Ha! Thank you! I just get in certain moods at certain times!
    Dale Masters
    26/08/2016 #22 Dale Masters
    Bees are essential to land- based life on Earth. Colony Collapse is a disaster for us as well as everything else that lives on land.
    I am honoured to be called by the name of such a noble creature, created to be the sustainer of all of us.
    God really knows what He's doing.
    Randy Smith
    11/08/2016 #21 Randy Smith
    Very creative and fun, @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD. I have read a couple of your books and am now gaining appreciation for your giftedness at writing poetry. It is stretching my cultural horizons, my friend. I enjoyed this buzz. Thank you.
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    01/08/2016 #20 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #19 Awe. But it is your picturesque Buzzes, the flight of the trees, the awesome @Ali Anani, the speckled maltese....extracting @debasish majumder, exacting @Anees Zaidi, prose-filled Buzzes of poetry! It all works together, spurring us all on to look within like Dorothy and the ruby shoes, to find that we sought what we had all along. It just took some one who cared to point it out, and that's what I see👀 is the best thing about beBee👀. @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, @Juan Imaz.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    01/08/2016 #19 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    So creative @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD, thanks so much for sharing such a wonderful buzz and poem. You're a wonderful person! Sharing this to my hive, "Stories in English."
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    31/07/2016 #18 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #17 Sweet!
    Dale Masters
    31/07/2016 #17 Dale Masters
    #12 "The Flight Of The Bumblebee"...that's Shostakovich, isn't it? (NOTE: I just checked...it was originally written by Rimsky-Korsakov, one of my all time favourite composers!/...and transcribed for piano by Rachmaninov.) I'm going to connect to YouTube now, & listen. :D
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    31/07/2016 #16 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #10 #11 You are both so kind as can beeee; thank you thank you! Now here's a beee ((💁🏽Courtesy!))~ and a Cha-Cha-Cha💃🏾!
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    31/07/2016 #15 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #9 OH! @Mamen 🐝 Delgado, I like that take! A LadyBee! Oh! POP! Why how much you can see! Hmmm. I'll have to ponder that a bit...I like my pink hair bow on my head, and I don't think it matches very well with red 🎀🐞? Perhaps the bow takes up all of my head?
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    31/07/2016 #14 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #8 Well, now you know how @debasish majumder and I feel when you give us such high standards to pay with you as our guide, all kidding aside, we are only what we are because of you. ☝️You pointed out things in us that no one ever did☝️and made us into "mini-Ali Anani's" true reflections of you! We are your reflection can't you see? Because only Great Leaders make Great Leaders beee who they were born to beee. And besides, we love you!
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    31/07/2016 #13 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #6 You know I'm just funnin' and deep in the hive, I don't know how, but the ladybug just whizzed on by. So it's her fault really, as I saw high heels to go, straight all the way to her pointy tip-toes. And she had no nose! She actually Squealed! She realized that she just didn't belong and went away merrily, happily creeping along. So, I thought I'd paint her a silly tune since it was just a hot afternoon. And I felt humorous as I sometimes do, just ask @Randy Keho ~ he knows what happens to my growth whenever I wear my ~🎀pink hair bow🎀~ Appreciate your sense of humor!
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    31/07/2016 #12 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #5 I just love this take, yes! I fully agree that so much beauty abound us that we stand with our arms up and just wonder with glee! And Thanks be to God that we are all here, sometimes serious, curious, delirious, or just fantastically spurious! The Flight of the BumbleBee is my Fav Piano Song! Somehow, biology and science, nature and God, music and love...they just all get along. And that's who we strive to be ~ the best Bees in the HoneyBee Sea!
    David B. Grinberg
    30/07/2016 #11 David B. Grinberg
    Nice creative writing/poetry buzz @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD! I hope you're having a wonderful weekend. I shared this with my followers and the "Creative Writers" hive.
    debasish majumder
    30/07/2016 #10 debasish majumder
    lovely post madam@Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD. honey making process is a clear testimony of queen's paramountcy! enjoyed read. thank you for sharing such lovely post.
    Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    30/07/2016 #9 Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    You are a LadyBee my dear @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD! Really funny... 🐞
    Ali Anani
    30/07/2016 #8 Ali Anani
    With such great comments that reveal some hidden talents I believe you may consider establishing a Hive for Talents dear @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD, Amazing comments and I feel jealous.
    Juan Imaz
    30/07/2016 #6 Juan Imaz
    very beautiful @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD! Thanks for writing and sharing!
    Donald Grandy
    30/07/2016 #5 Donald Grandy
    A lady indeed, and when we succeed, what a trail we could seed for those in need. Deep in our hearts and deeper still we see the light of the flowers bloom. For soon we rest and cheer "Hey we are the best" Seed on, Seed on, we look up high and say Thank You Lord, We are Blessed.
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    30/07/2016 #4 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #2 I don't like to be bugged, but I do love to tickle! And how could ladybugs eat so much? No WONDER they can't fly so well and that's why they're round - from eating thousands of aphids all over town!
  5. Milos Djukic

    Milos Djukic

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    Gerald Hecht
    27/06/2016 #9 Gerald Hecht
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    26/06/2016 #8 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #6 So sweet that I also started a Hive, Ladybugs & Biology. My 'ladybug' book will be filled with the wonders of garden bugs for all! ☘
    Sara Jacobovici
    26/06/2016 #7 Sara Jacobovici
    #2 Thank you @CityVP 🐝 Manjit for the link. I love Janine Benyus' work and how she communicates what she does. I didn't see this talk and will definitely add it to my list.
    Milos Djukic
    26/06/2016 #6 Anonymous
    #3 I am glad to hear that @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD. Thanks for the tweet.
    Milos Djukic
    26/06/2016 #5 Anonymous
    #1 You are welcome @Sara Jacobovici.
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    26/06/2016 #3 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    Love it. Miracles in radiology imaging.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    25/06/2016 #2 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    It is like Janine Benyus says in this video "imagine designing Spring". When we are trying to reinvent nature that is an exercise fraught in danger, but if we learn our designs from nature, that makes the greatest possible sense. https://www.ted.com/talks/janine_benyus_biomimicry_in_action?language=en
    Sara Jacobovici
    25/06/2016 #1 Sara Jacobovici
    How deep can we go? Beautiful share @Milos Djukic. Thanks.