Posts Categorized: Honey Bee Forage

Empty Calories

https://beeinformed.org/2019/07/02/empty-calories/

Somewhere early on in a “Beekeeping 101” class you’ll learn that honey bees forage for 4 things: nectar, pollen, propolis, and water. The nectar and pollen become honey and bee bread to provide sustenance. Propolis is used as a structural component and also contributes to colony health through immunological activity. Previous blog posts about propolis…

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2019 California Spring Update

https://beeinformed.org/2019/06/12/2019-california-spring-update/

Many California beekeepers reported that the start of this year was the worst in 20+ years. Several factors contributed to this year’s issues, starting with the numerous fires last year causing nearly 3 months of smoke in the area. Once the days got longer, queens started laying but the temperatures dropped again and egg laying…

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Lucky-hit Nectar in Creeping Charlie

https://beeinformed.org/2017/07/10/lucky-hit-nectar-in-creeping-charlie/

In the twin cities, spring brings complaints- about creeping charlie taking over lawns, strangling garden plants, and being generally relentless. But is the creeping charlie flower a good source of food for bees? In researching creeping charlie, we uncovered a fascinating story about this invasive plant’s strategy to draw insect pollinators. Creeping charlie draws a…

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Spotlight on Buckwheat

https://beeinformed.org/2013/09/10/spotlight-on-buckwheat/

Brought to America in the 1600s by Dutch settlers, buckwheat is on the mind of the average American only when its name is followed by the word pancakes. The plant, Fagopyrum esculentum, was domesticated in Asia some 5,000 to 6,000 years ago and spread in cultivation across Europe. In the U.S. buckwheat was historically grown in highest…

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