The Most Common Nature Questions Have Been AnsweredMarch 28, 2019
Last modified: April 3, 2019Now that the spring is in full bloom, we tasked our researchers to investigate whether some traditional ideas about nature are in fact true and can be supported by science and evidence.
Our garden experts have revealed the real answers to seven common nature questions. This is to help Brits understand the world around them by answering questions such as:
- Are the bees actually attracted to yellow objects?
- Do dock leaves really help nettle stings?
- Does a red sky truly signal good weather is coming?
- Do sunflowers follow the sun?
- Why flies come indoors?
- Can plants harm dogs?
As claimed by one of our experts, Brits tend to believe that bees are attracted to yellow clothing. Some believe dock leaves are the perfect cure to nettle strings and that sunflowers really do follow the sun.
Now that the spring is in full bloom, we tasked our researchers to investigate whether some traditional ideas about nature are in fact true and can be supported by science and evidence.
Answered: Common Nature Questions
1. Are Bees Attracted to Yellow?
Compared to humans, bees are very short-sighted and they can only see flowers from a couple of feet away. Here’s a fact, they’re only using their sense of smell to find them from a distance.
It is true that bees have a preference for yellow objects since the colour red isn’t part of their colour spectrum. With that, Brits tend to be scared of getting stung by them.
They tend to stand still and not to give off strong odours like sweet scents whenever they encounter one.
2. Do Dock Leaves Help Nettle Stings?
In fact, they do but not how some people think. Dock leaves aren’t acidic like alkaline, which is as same as nettles, so there’s no need to neutralise the venom.
Dock leaves should sooth the concoction of chemicals that nettles can release into human skin. Did you know that rubbing dock leave can release their moist sap and cool the affected area?
3. Do Sunflowers Follow the Sun?
Sunflowers is one of the plant species which make optimum use of light by turning to face the sun. This is known as Heliotropism—the phenomenon of flowers following the sun.
This can be observed in young sunflowers which aids photosynthesis and pollination. Once they’ve turned matured, they face east.
Hormones in a sunflower mean that cells grow faster in the shaded part of the plant. This is causing the region to become heavier which makes the flower bends in the opposite direction towards the sun.
4. Does a Red Sky at Night Mean Good Weather Tomorrow?
“Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight. Red sky in the morning, shepherd’s warning,” goes the traditional British weather lore – or sailor’s, if you’re near the coast. As the weather systems come from the west, the quote makes sense, especially in the UK.
Once the sky turned red at night, it signals that high pressure is heading over Britain from the gulf stream. This means that it will be dry and pleasant the next day.
However, a red sky in the morning signals that the good weather has already headed east and will probably be replaced by low pressure, wind and rain.
5. Can Plants Harm Dogs?
So, can plants harm dogs? The answer is yes! Below are the common vegetables and flowers that can be deadly to your fur friends.
- Potatoes (Unripe, green and raw)
Check out your garden and if you happen to have these plants and vegetables, make sure that your dog can’t get to them whilst they’re unattended. The tomato leaves, azaleas and lilies could be dangerous to your dogs as they cause vomiting, diarrhoea or even death.
6. Why Do Flies Come Inside?
When you happen to see some flies circulating around your house, they’re probably trying to find an escape route back outside. But the thing is, they could be drawing in UK homes as well.
These kinds of perishing organic matters attracts common house flies:
- Pet waste
- Food waste
On the other hand, fruit flies seek out sugar such as in fizzy drinks, fruit and leftover vegetables.
7. Do Cows Lie down Because It’s About to Rain?