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Archive for November, 2008

Mason bee cocoons

Posted by blueberrytalk on November 28, 2008

Mason bees seem to prefer bamboo nests over other nest choices. It’s easy to break open the bamboo nest to clean out infestations of pollen mites. The bees naturally leave a space of almost an inch at the entrance end making it possible to begin breaking apart the bamboo using a cold chisel. Once the cocoons are cleaned up they will be stored in a cool dry place awaiting next spring.

opening bamboo nests

opening bamboo nests

mason cacoons

mason cocoons

Notice the yellow cell indicating pollen mites. The larvae in this cell didn’t have a chance with all the pollen mites. Click on pictures to enlarge.

cacoons ready for cleaning

cocoons ready for cleaning

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Misty the Australian shepherd

Posted by blueberrytalk on November 25, 2008

Misty (sometimes called “the Mist” or Mystery) was a hero around the farm recently. She had treed a black bear who had come up a flight of stairs to our back door looking for food. The bear was never seen again after Misty chased him up a pine tree.

Misty, demonstrating that size doesn’t matter, treed a field mouse in a blueberry bush. Click on the picture below to enlarge.

Misty trees a mouse

Misty trees a mouse

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November dandelions

Posted by blueberrytalk on November 10, 2008

Dandelions are attracting bees on a sunny November day. The late bloom of dandelions started in August and will persist until winter shuts them down. They bloom early in the season til May and then late in the season.

Click on the picture below to enlarge and you will notice a dandelion bud waiting to open. When everything else has shut down the dandelion is still in bloom.

November dandelion

November dandelion

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