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Pollinator Week June 18-24, 2018

National Pollinator Week celebrates and raises awareness of insect and animal pollinators and how to support them. To celebrate this year, we are sharing a series of educational informative graphics, each teaching a concept or fun fact related to our native hole-nesting bees.

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Blue orchard mason bees (Osmia lignaria) and horned-face mason bees (Osmia cornifrons) both only produce one generation of bees per year.

Knowing this fact makes it easier for us to protect the developing larvae from one of the biggest threats that hole-nesting bees face: gnat-sized parasitic wasps.

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The poor boys must sleep outside waiting for the females to wake. 

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You can reuse your spring mason bee house to raise summer leafcutter bees.

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Summer Leafcutter Bee Benefits:

Super pollinators of your summer blooming fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, squash, melons, and peas - just about any flower.

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How well do you know Native Bees? Take our World Bee Day Quiz and find out!

 

Don't worry about your grade, everyone gets a "B"

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Download our free mobile device background and wallpapers of native bees by photographer, Karl Alexander.

Today's download: Spring Mason Bee nesting

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One of the many stressors that today's bees face is a loss of flowering habitat.

An easy way to increase and improve habitat is to convert our grass lawns, which to a bee is a food desert, to flowering bee lawns. A bee lawn will attract and feed bees while it saves us time, money, and effort.

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Raising spring mason bees is a growing trend among backyards across the country.

Recently, local news station King 5 visited Crown Bees headquarters to learn about our mason bees and how they are a part of a novel garden to farm to table movement. 

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Seattle's most unique P-Patch, UpGarden is a community garden at the top of the Mercer St parking garage at the Seattle Center. Learn why bee diversity is vital to a rooftop garden.

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