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Emergence box vs hatching box: what’s the difference?

Sometimes I use the wrong word. Yesterday, when someone asked, “What’s a hatching box?” I felt sheepish. I should have written emergence box in my post on lovage. Here’s the question: I planted some lovage, and I too thought the stems would make good nesting tubes. So now I must ask, what is a hatching box? […] Read more

How Can You Save a Bee?

You’ve seen posters and read bumper stickers. You’ve watched news videos and opened colorful solicitations for money. Cries of “Save the bees!” and “Protect our pollinators!” are ubiquitous, having replaced pleas for pandas, whales, and spotted owls. But wait. How can you save a bee? The truth is, you can’t. Not really. If you catch […] Read more

Distinctive domiciles for solitary bees

Who says bees don’t like castles and cabins, chalets and caves, or even cabanas and condominiums? As the saying goes, “Build them and they will come.” And they do. Pat Barberi of Barre, Vermont has made of hobby of creating unique but functional solitary bee houses from miscellaneous vessels she finds at the secondhand shop. […] Read more