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Nature vs. Nurture: the Wild Bee Hotel

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 2:41:13 PM America/Los_Angeles

We hear a common argument or question about raising hole-nesting bees: In nature, these bees nest in holes in wood, why don’t I just leave them alone?

The nesting holes we are providing for bees in our bee hotels and bee houses are really different than the nesting holes found in nature. We can't build a completely natural situation for our hole-nesting bees, who are wild creatures after all, so we need to learn to maintain our man-made houses for managed wild bees.

0 Comments | Posted in 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

4 Ways to Help Hawaii's Endangered Bees

Thursday, July 6, 2017 12:39:17 PM America/Los_Angeles

Dr. Jason Graham is the lead researcher developing conservation for the endangered Hawaiian yellow-faced bees in the Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences Department at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. Seven species of Hawaii's yellow-faced bees were placed on the endangered species list in October 2016, these are the first species of bees to be protected and labeled as endangered.

0 Comments | Posted in Research Findings Wild Bee Care By Demarus Tevuk Sandlin

Cornell's Super Bee Hotel Project

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 4:06:00 PM America/Los_Angeles

Follow the story of the construction of a bee hotel! Using donated materials from local residents, Cornell Cooperative Extension in Schuyler County is building an educational pollinator hotel in their garden. The hotel will be located in a teaching garden open to the public, where members of the community can pass by and grab a flyer or read about the bees.

0 Comments | Posted in From Our Community Wild Bee Care By Danielle Wolleman

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

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.

Spring Care for Wild Bees

Monday, March 26, 2018 3:00:56 PM America/Los_Angeles

Wild hole-nesting bees, depending on their season, may start flying soon!

You have two options for taking care of your wild hole-nesting bees. First, you can harvest wild bee cocoons in the early spring, which requires more time and effort but you will be rewarded with getting to know your wild bee guests. The second option requires less time while still providing wild bees with fresh nesting holes each year.

0 Comments | Posted in Wild Bee Care By Demarus Sandlin

Wild Bee Cocoon Guide

Thursday, April 12, 2018 11:21:56 PM America/Los_Angeles

Chances are, your bee hotel or bee house will attract a hole-nesting wild bee.

You might be surprised to find strange cocoons during your mason bee harvest in the fall or leafcutter bee harvest in the spring. We want to help your local bee population thrive - here are our expert tips that can help you understand your bee house guests.

0 Comments | Posted in Wild Bee Care By Demarus Sandlin

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.

Wild Capped End Guide

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 3:15:04 PM America/Los_Angeles

Wild bees and solitary beneficial wasps can both move into your bee house or bee hotel. Each bee and wasp species has their own nesting preferences and their own way of building their nests. Here are our tips that can help you understand some of the most popular or common guests.

0 Comments | Posted in Wild Bee Care By Demarus Sandlin
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