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Diversity of bees in blueberries

Posted by blueberrytalk on April 30, 2015

“Honey bees are nice, but a farm that also has bumble bees, carpenter bees, and many small specialist bee species working their blueberry bushes gets more fruit. Farmers gain an estimated $311 per acre of fruit for each additional bee group foraging in their fields. ”

Source:http://www.wired.com/2014/05/native-bees-increase-blueberry-crop-yields/

 

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Mason bee in a Duke blossom

Posted by blueberrytalk on April 30, 2015

Mason bee in a Duke blossom

Mason bee in a Duke blossom

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Not blueberry pollen

Posted by blueberrytalk on April 22, 2015

Some Mason bee nests were located near some rhododendrons. Blueberry pollen is white. Obviously this nest doesn’t contain blueberry pollen.

 

Pollen in Mason bee nests

Pollen in Mason bee nests

Update May 16,2015

developing larvae

developing larvae

Update June 18,2015

cocoons

cocoons

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First completed Mason bee nests

Posted by blueberrytalk on April 20, 2015

Mason bee nests

Mason bee nests

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