If you live in the states, the Pollinator Partnership has a website where you can get information about pollinator-friendly plants that will grow in your eco-region. Simply enter your zip code and you will be directed to a 24-page guide for your area. Each guide contains an overview of the planting region, a summary of […] Read more
When you receive a package of bees, the queen is in her own small cage attached to the inside of the package. Some beekeepers release her as soon as they install the package, and some wait for as much as a week before releasing her. What are the reasons for the difference? The packaging process […] Read more
That’s a bumble bee in the upper left. Does anyone recognize the rest? I think the lower left is a fly, and maybe the other two are bees. Any help is greatly appreciated!
The thing to remember about pesticides is this: they are designed to kill living things. As it happens, living things have a lot in common. There’s a very old saying, “the dose makes the poison.” That just means that if you keep giving something a greater and greater dose, eventually you will kill it. The […] Read more
This guy crawled out of one of the mason bee tubes today as I was watching. He was probably stealing provisions and eggs. Unfortunately for him, he became chicken feed shortly after he modeled for this shot. Um . . . it could be a she. I’m clueless. Rusty
In my earlier post on installing a package, I said you couldn’t use a baggie feeder while you were using my method of installation because there wasn’t enough room on top of the remaining five frames to lay the bags. What I failed to mention is that you can place a baggie feeder on top […] Read more
Last week someone said to me, “Native bees don’t get colony collapse disorder, so it’s hard to believe they’re in trouble too.” Unfortunately, native bees are in trouble—and not just in the United States. Wild and native bees the world over are declining in numbers or disappearing completely. While it is true that native bees […] Read more