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Archive for October, 2009

Cleaning Mason bees cocoons 2009

Posted by blueberrytalk on October 29, 2009

Getting rid of pollen mites is a good way help your Mason bee population grow. The cocoons in the picture are drying after being washed  and dipped in a mild beach solution. They will be kept in a secure container to protect them from mice.

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Mason bee cocoons

 Candling the Mason bee cocoons shows which cocoons are not viable. Most of the cocoons in the batch above show a Mason bee inside in a fetal position. See other posts on Mason bees. https://blueberrytalk.wordpress.com/category/mason-bees/

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Candling cocoons

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Beautyberry has a rival in Pernettya

Posted by blueberrytalk on October 22, 2009

 Stunning Pernettya berries are eye catchers in the fall.  A similar sight is the riotous color of cranberries!

Pernettya

Pernettya

Cranberry harvest

Cranberry harvest

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Leaf cutter bees

Posted by blueberrytalk on October 21, 2009

When we opened up a Mason bee nest we found one tube with the typical leaf covered cocoons of a Leaf cutter bee.

Leaf cutter bee cocoons

Leaf cutter bee cocoons

Then we found some blueberry leaves with notches that would make one suspect Leaf cutter bees.

blueberry leaves

blueberry leaves

Check out this video to see the Leaf cutter bees in action.

http://www.archive.org/details/AlexisTancibokLeafCutterBee

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Tobia’s art

Posted by blueberrytalk on October 16, 2009

Lately, Tobia (15 years old) has been working with pencil watercolor. Her most recent painting is of Stilton, her latest goat purchase.

Stilton

Stilton

More than one turkey showed up for the Canadian thanksgiving. Tobia made a turkey using needle felting!

Turkey - needle felting

Turkey - needle felting

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Beautyberry lives up to it’s name

Posted by blueberrytalk on October 15, 2009

The beautyberry rewards you twice; once when the bees gather pollen (see previous post) and again with a head turning display of purple berries.

beautyberry

beautyberry

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