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Bee Informed: Bees Change from Solitary to Social, Bees are Fish, Ecologically Friendly Alternatives to the Great American Lawn, and Ball of Mating Bees

Bee Informed: Bees Change from Solitary to Social, Bees are Fish, Ecologically Friendly Alternatives to the Great American Lawn, and Ball of Mating Bees

Each month our Bee Informed Blog highlights current news, science, and research related to solitary bee conservation, food insecurity, and sustainability. 1. Native Bees Climb Social Ladder (County News) A native bee which nests in tree-fern fronds is helping scientists understand how life developed to be social and altruistic — and how bees evolved to purposefully hatch sterile young, a fact which defies Darwin’s natural selection theory. The Australian bee Amphylaeus morosus only recently made the jump from being a solitary species to a social one — which made them a perfect, and rare, animal to put under the metaphorical microscope. The...

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Pollinator Week 2022

Pollinator Week 2022

Pollinator Week is an annual celebration in support of pollinator health that was initiated and is managed by our friends at Pollinator Partnership. It is a time to raise awareness for pollinators and spread the word about what we can do to protect them. The great thing about Pollinator Week is that you can celebrate and get involved any way you like! Popular events include planting for pollinators, hosting garden tours, participating in online bee and butterfly ID workshops, and so much more. Visit Pollinator Partnership's website for a list of activities and resources to help you celebrate Pollinator Week! We've also created...

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Dave Hunter
Chemical Free Ways to Eliminate Pests in Your Home

Chemical Free Ways to Eliminate Pests in Your Home

With the highly anticipated change in season comes all the signs of summer we have been waiting for. The urge to complete spring cleaning, fixing up the garden, opening the windows for the first time in months and the less enjoyable visitors – pests. With more and more knowledge about the importance of reducing chemicals in our home and the role insects play in our ecosystem, it’s easy to feel stuck between using chemical pesticides or living with unwanted pests in your home. The good news is, there are plenty of chemical free ways to prevent bugs from entering your...

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Solitary Bees in Greenhouses — Pitfalls and Advice

Solitary Bees in Greenhouses — Pitfalls and Advice

If you have a greenhouse, pollination can be a struggle. After all, 1/3 of the food we eat is dependent on pollinators, and without them, you'll be pollinating your greenhouse plants by hand with a paintbrush. So, it's no wonder that many of our bee raisers ask us if they can raise mason and leafcutter bees in greenhouses, high tunnels, and hoop houses. Bumble bees have historically been the bee of choice for many mid to large size greenhouse growers. However, recent research suggests that cavity-nesters such as mason and leafcutter bees can function well in covered environments. But, it's important...

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