Posts Categorized: Honey Bee Forage

Almonds, Corn & Honey Bees

https://beeinformed.org/2012/02/20/3428/

The past two times I have traveled to California for the National Honey Bee Survey sampling we have also taken a look at some specific bees that have been moved from across the country to California for the almond pollination. The bees are Zac Browning’s who is a migratory beekeeper in North Dakota and his…

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Bees in bare almonds

https://beeinformed.org/2012/02/10/bees-in-bare-almonds/

Right now, beekeepers are pretty much done with moving bees across the country and into the almonds. The beekeepers we work with are doing the same thing – moving colonies from their different yard locations across Northern California into the almonds. Now, everyone is anxiously awaiting bloom. The Blue Diamond Almond company has a website…

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Centaurea stoebe and Pollinators (Part 3)

https://beeinformed.org/2011/08/19/centaurea-stoebe-and-pollinators-part-3/

In the previous two blogs, I have talked about the invasive plant “Spotted Knapweed.” Centaurea stoebe is native to Europe and was introduced into the United States in the late 1800s through contaminated seed. Spotted knapweed is considered by some a nuisance because it displaces native plants and forage for livestock. The plant releases toxins…

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Non-native bees and invasive plant species. (Part 2)

https://beeinformed.org/2011/08/13/non-native-bees-and-invasive-species/

In the last blog, I talked about the invasive plant “Spotted Knapweed.” This plant is unique because it supports several oligolectic bee species, which means that the bees visit (for pollen and nectar) very specific host plant species. Lithurgus chrysurus, or the Mediterranean wood boring bee, is one of them (see previous blog). Another bee…

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Invasive plants supporting invasive bees

https://beeinformed.org/2011/08/05/invasive-plants-supporting-invastive-bees/

  I have been collecting insects since 2005 and I collected almost anything unique to the eye. A majority of my collection was Coleoptera and Hymenoptera. In 2008, I started collecting native bees when I was using bowl traps for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. My collecting was concentrated in Montgomery, Chester and Lehigh County….

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Yellow Star Thistle

https://beeinformed.org/2011/07/12/1272/

Since arriving here we have had the chance to meet and talk with a few of the beekeepers that we will be working with all year. We talked about many things including their bees, their operations, and the weather. The one reoccurring theme with all of them was talk of yellow star thistle. The yellow…

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Picking Blueberries

https://beeinformed.org/2011/06/09/picking-blueberries/

Maybe it’s my lack of time or poor sense of direction that has led me to become a creature of habit and not do the exploring I should be doing in my new residence in Maryland.  But, I have made up my mind to change that this weekend. It all started with a little sign…

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Pollen Nerds

https://beeinformed.org/2011/06/01/pollen-nerds/

I realize that I might be a little late in the season to talk about spring, seeing how the season is coming to an end as I am currently sweating it out in the Maryland heat. I just recently moved from Penn State to Maryland to do some work with the USDA for the summer—and…

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