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Fun to Watch: Nature's Aeronautical Engineering

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 4:22:00 PM America/Los_Angeles

Leafcutter bees are adorable.

Watch them carry home rolled up leaves to swaddle their baby eggs in this fun slow motion video.

0 Comments | Posted in Leafcutter Bee Care By Karl Alexander

Where do the male bees stay for the night?

Sunday, June 3, 2018 3:08:00 PM America/Los_Angeles

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

0 Comments | Posted in Leafcutter Bee Care By Dave Hunter

How to upgrade your native bee house for summer leafcutter bees

Thursday, May 24, 2018 4:31:49 PM America/Los_Angeles

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

Comments | Posted in Mason Bee Care Leafcutter Bee Care By Karl Alexander

Which gardens are best pollinated by leafcutter bees?

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 3:11:36 PM America/Los_Angeles

Summer Leafcutter Bee Benefits:

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

Comments | Posted in Leafcutter Bee Care By Karl Alexander

Bee Lawns: Take it Easy

Friday, May 11, 2018 1:24:42 PM America/Los_Angeles

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.

Harvest and Incubate Leafcutter Bees

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 8:54:30 PM America/Los_Angeles

The spring is the best time to harvest leafcutter cocoons and harvesting leafcutter bee cocoons will reduce chalkbrood disease and Pteromalus, a very small parasitic wasp.

Adult leafcutter bees will emerge from the harvested cocoons and because they were allowed to emerge from loose cocoons they will not spread chalkbrood to their nesting materials. Leafcutter bees need the warmth of summer to develop into adult bees and this step is called incubation. Read our tips for harvesting and incubating summer leafcutter bee cocoons.

0 Comments | Posted in Leafcutter Bee Care By Demarus Sandlin

Moving Day for Native Bees

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 1:02:13 PM America/Los_Angeles

Native hole-nesting bees, just like any creature, have their own set of diseases and pests that, when left unchecked, can harm or kill them.

We know that our native mason and leafcutter bees are unable to clean out their nesting holes. Nesting holes should be opened once a year to remove diseases like chalkbrood (a deadly fungal infection) and pests like pollen mites (they eat the pollen loaf before the larvae can). At the very least, fresh nesting holes should be provided every year.

Learn About the Bees + the Bees

Monday, January 15, 2018 2:02:21 PM America/Los_Angeles

It's the time of year to talk about the bees and the bees! Even though the world is home to a huge diversity of bee species, they all share a common feature - mother bees are able to choose the sex of each egg! Learn how sex determination works and why we all need to avoid neonic pesticides.

0 Comments | Posted in Mason Bee Care Leafcutter Bee Care Wild Bee Care By Demarus Tevuk Sandlin

The Hidden Dangers of Bamboo

Thursday, June 1, 2017 3:18:08 PM America/Los_Angeles

Backyard bee houses or bee hotels have become so popular that large garden distributors have started selling quickly made nesting habitats. When these products are made from drilled blocks of wood or bamboo tubes, they actually do more harm than good for local hole-nesting bees. These companies intentions are in the right place but they lack the knowledge of the pests and diseases that can harm bees.

0 Comments | Posted in Mason Bee Care Leafcutter Bee Care Wild Bee Care By Demarus Tevuk Sandlin
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