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Archive for May, 2012

Baby Hummingbird – 2012

Posted by blueberrytalk on May 26, 2012

Hummingbirds are masters of camouflage. It’s a challenge every year to spot their nests!

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Worker bumblebee in a rhododendron

Posted by blueberrytalk on May 25, 2012

It will take a lot of grooming to gather up all the pollen on this bumblebee. Zoom in on the picture to get a good look at the pollen.

worker bumblebee

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Its hard not to pollinate

Posted by blueberrytalk on May 18, 2012

When a small native bee is sqirming inside a blueberry blossom it would impossible to not move some pollen around. Zoom in on the picture to see grains of white pollen on the bee. Picture by Josh.

native bee

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Swarm catching made easy

Posted by blueberrytalk on May 18, 2012

This swarm clustered on an overhanging rhododendron branch just high enough to slip a hive box underneath! Check the video link  to see the action. (Bethlehem’s first experience with anything to do with bees.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOR39GNJz38

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Working together – a Mason bee mine

Posted by blueberrytalk on May 16, 2012

The Mason bees like to gather mud from the same location. It is river silt that seems ideal for the walls they build.

Mason bee mud source

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Cascara tree

Posted by blueberrytalk on May 15, 2012

Cascara trees grow wild in our area. They are just starting to blossom.

Cascara blossoms

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Loads of pollen

Posted by blueberrytalk on May 15, 2012

Oak and Mountain ash provide the bees with plenty of pollen.

Oak and Mountain ash

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First Mason bee nest completed

Posted by blueberrytalk on May 11, 2012

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English Laurel – 2012

Posted by blueberrytalk on May 6, 2012

The big load of pollen on the bee tells you what the bees are after in the Laurel. After blossoming we plan to prune back the Laurel to see if new shoots and blossoms appear later in the year.

English Laurel blossoms

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Mason bee foraging in June blueberries

Posted by blueberrytalk on May 6, 2012

Zoom in on this picture to see flecks of white pollen on the bee.

Mason bee

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