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Archive for June, 2009

Now that’s a bumblebee

Posted by blueberrytalk on June 27, 2009

The search for bumblebee pictures has taken me to the Kihei Surfside in south Kihei, Maui. (see blogroll)  Honeybees were enjoying the same flower as the bumblebee in the picture. While here we are enjoying some excellent Lehua Honey.

Lehua honey comes purely from the Lehua blossom which is the flower of the ‘Ohi’a tree, a beautiful, native hardwood found in verdant, rolling pastures 4,000 feet up the north side of Mauna Kea volcano. This creamy, spreadable honey has a unique, volcanic-mountain, floral taste. Source:http://www.volcanoislandhoney.com/honey.htm

Huge Maui bumblebee

Huge Maui bumblebee

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Fireweed plays a role

Posted by blueberrytalk on June 23, 2009

Fireweed has taken over from Sumac as a main foraging source for bees. Blackberry and clover continue as part of the bee’s diet. Fireweed seeds are carried over the land like clouds as they sail easily in the breeze. This plant is more likely to expand than retreat.

Bumblebee on Fireweed blossom

Bumblebee on Fireweed blossom

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Blueberry ripeness – June 22,09

Posted by blueberrytalk on June 22, 2009

Duke will be one of the first to ripen. There are a few berries showing a little colour. Expect more frequent reports as we get into the picking season.

Duke blueberries

Duke blueberries

Patriot joins Duke as an early ripening berry.

Patriot blueberries

Patriot blueberries

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Lacewing – a beautiful aphid predator

Posted by blueberrytalk on June 21, 2009

Aphids transmit the dreaded Blueberry Scorch Virus. The Lacewing is one of the beneficial insects whose larvae attack aphids. The picture shows why it is so aptly named.

Lacewing

Lacewing

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Misty’s pups

Posted by blueberrytalk on June 21, 2009

Misty and her pups

Misty and her pups

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Flower Pounding

Posted by blueberrytalk on June 20, 2009

Three moms and their teenage daughters spent several hours  flower pounding. What a noise! By hitting the flower with a hammer the natural flower pigments are transferred to cloth. Technical details not included in this report. 

flowers by Sandy

flowers by Sandy

bookmark by Morgan

bookmark by Morgan

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Bee Linden – a beekeepers delight

Posted by blueberrytalk on June 20, 2009

Linden, or Basswood, is a prime source of nectar for honeybees, producing some of the best honey. A Linden tree was just discovered within foraging distance for our bees. What a pleasant surprise! The Linden trees we are growing are an exercise in patience – it takes years before producing blossoms.

Linden tree

Linden tree

Linden blossoms

Linden blossoms

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A great source of pollen – blackberries

Posted by blueberrytalk on June 15, 2009

The bee in this picture is loaded with blackberry pollen. Blueberries, in contrast, produce much less pollen.

loaded with pollen

loaded with pollen

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First Blackberry blossoms

Posted by blueberrytalk on June 15, 2009

Blackberries are widely available in the area. They are sought out by bumblebees and honeybees. The blossoms open gradually so foraging can extend over quite a time. A check in a couple of weeks should give us an idea of the duration of blossoming.

blackberry blossom

blackberry blossom

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Baby Hummingbirds

Posted by blueberrytalk on June 14, 2009

The baby hummingbirds are so unafraid you can touch them. Their nest is close to nature’s hummingbird feeder – a honeysuckle plant. It’s fun to feed the baby birds with honeysuckle blossoms!

young hummingbirds

young hummingbird

handfeeding a hummingbird

handfeeding a hummingbird

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