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Archive for May, 2011

Redvein Enkienthus – a bee magnet

Posted by blueberrytalk on May 21, 2011

This tall shrub attracts both honeybees and bumblebees.

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Pollen from oak blossoms

Posted by blueberrytalk on May 21, 2011

A honeybee flies off with a load of pollen from the oak blossoms.

oak flowers and acorns

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Mason Bees gather mud from a group tunnel.

Posted by blueberrytalk on May 20, 2011

When mason bees collect mud for their hive walls they begin collecting from the same place. After a week of foraging the bees had excavated a hole about an inch deep  and wide enough for several bees to be in the tunnel at the same time.

Mason bee tunnel

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Not a beauty contest!

Posted by blueberrytalk on May 14, 2011

These recently hatched hummingbirds seem so fragile. This nest is within easy jumping range of the cat but it makes for an easy photo. Click on photo to enlarge.

two baby hummers

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Nectar from willows

Posted by blueberrytalk on May 14, 2011

For weeks now the bees have been gathering pollen from pussywillows as different varieties bloom in succession.

willow

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Junes finally bloom

Posted by blueberrytalk on May 14, 2011

We can’t remember a year when the blueberry bloom has been so late. The earliest variety, June, is a gathering place for bumblebees. It is so late that some of the worker bumblebees have already emerged from their nests. Click on the picture to enlarge this honeybee sucking nectar  from a June blossom.

June blueberry

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Bees and birds love the English laurel

Posted by blueberrytalk on May 14, 2011

In our city the shopping centre and municipal hall have just landscaped with English laurel as the most popular planting. Bees from the surrounding farmland are drawn to the flowers and birds can’t resist the fruit.

English laurel

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English Laurel (cherry laurel)

Posted by blueberrytalk on May 14, 2011

English laurel

Years after a bird deposited the seed this English laurel is covered in bloom. Laurels grown from cuttings bloom right away. The negative for laurels is that they compete for bees during blueberry bloom. The positive is that they bloom through the entire season.

 

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Honeybees and dandelions

Posted by blueberrytalk on May 4, 2011

Some of the dandelions are going to seed. Blueberry blossoms are about to open. There is a nice transition from Maples and dandelions to blueberries. Notice the pollen grains on this foraging honeybee. Click on the picture to enlarge.

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Mason bees – a slow start in 2011

Posted by blueberrytalk on May 1, 2011

Just over a week ago the mason bees went from the fridge to their release boxes in the field . Dandelion bloom is a good marker for the timing (dandelions bloom just before the blueberries). A week of cold wet weather kept them in their cocoons but a warm day today produced some action. See our video from last year to see what happens when the weather is right!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUobtg7AYVo

2011 cocoons

Update May 22 On April 22 the mason bees were set in the field for release. Exactly one month later we saw two bees emerge from the few remaining cocoons. A month of below normal temperatures and rainy days has slowed the release of these very adaptable bees.

 

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