Tag Archives: National Pollinator Week

Good Bee Hunting

I found lots of bees today on my way to and from my community garden plot. On the way over, I saw some beautiful coreopsis with cute little Halictus (I think) sweat bees filling their saddle bags with pollen. In … Continue reading

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What to plant for bees

It’s Pollinator Week and everyone wants to know what to do for the bees. The one best thing you can do for bees is to plant flowers. The bees will find even little flowers in a windowbox or a small … Continue reading

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Another bumblebee in the raspberries

A couple weeks ago, my old camera’s sensor stopped working outside, though I can still take video with it. (Like this.) I tried to put off getting a new one, because I knew I would get obsessed. But with National … Continue reading

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7 Ways to Help the Bees

It’s National Pollinator Week, a good time to talk about what we can do to help the bees. Bees are so not different from us. All they need is safety, food, shelter, and a little help from our friends. By … Continue reading

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Let’s spend a couple minutes watching bumblebees

It’s the first day of National Pollinator week, and the raspberries are flowering. So are the strawberries, the bladder campion, the mock orange, and the catmint. June is a good time for bees! So here’s a quick video I just … Continue reading

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Small carpenter bees everywhere

The Eastern Carpenter bees have tiny little cousins, called naturally enough, the Small Carpenter Bees. Instead of digging into wood, the Small Carpenter bee nests in a broken or cut stem, adding cell after cell, forming a row of larvae. … Continue reading

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Impatient bumblebee caught in the moment

After spending a little time every day of National Pollinator Week chasing bees, I finally caught some nice pictures of a Common Eastern bumblebee. It always amuses me to see these big, fat bees landing on such small flowers as … Continue reading

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Hunting bumblebees in the raspberries

This is one of the uncommon bumblebees I’ve been seeing lemon yellow flashes of in the raspberries. I think it’s the Perplexing Bumblebee. Better look quick, there she goes!

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More syrphid flies and the prettiest bee

Here’s some more syrphid flies that I’ve seen recently.

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A raspberry and a blueberry from the bees

Today’s harvest was brought to you by the bees. Honeybees and small carpenter bees in the raspberries. Bumblebees, too, but they’re too fast for me to get a good picture. I caught a Lasioglossum bee in the flowerhead of one … Continue reading

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