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Oxydendrum in mid bloom

Posted by blueberrytalk on August 13, 2013

The Oxydendrum attracts many Bumblebees and the occasional honeybee.

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Bumblebees and Anise hyssop

Posted by blueberrytalk on August 1, 2013

A large number of bumblebees have been drawn to the Anise hyssop. They far outnumber the honeybees.

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Worker bumblebees outnumber honeybees in Elliott pollination

Posted by blueberrytalk on June 1, 2013

Bumblebee populations are growing rapidly. Late blueberries benefit as it is not uncommon to see two or more worker bumblebees on each plant.

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Anise hyssop seedlings

Posted by blueberrytalk on May 11, 2013

Anise hyssop will be in bloom in late summer as forage for the bumblebees.

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Encouraging native bees

Posted by blueberrytalk on January 18, 2013

“CORVALLIS — Oregon State University aims to see if creating more foraging habitat for bumblebees will increase the pollination and yield of blueberries bushes, which mostly depend on bees to turn their blossoms into berries.”

Source:http://democratherald.com/news/local/osu-aims-to-increase-blueberry-bush-yields-with-bumblebess/article_206de58e-5a1f-11e2-8dc0-001a4bcf887a.html

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Worker bumblebees – showing up in numbers

Posted by blueberrytalk on June 12, 2011

As bumblebee colonies expand worker bumblebees become very noticeable in the field. There is still a week or so of pollination to go in the Bluecrop and Elliots.

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When the buzzing stops

Posted by blueberrytalk on May 6, 2010

As I go up and down the blueberry rows applying fertilizer, I make a mental note of the number of times I get “buzzed” by queen bumblebees. Over the last week the amount of buzzing has decreased. The means that the queens are retreating to their nests to spend the rest of their lives laying and incubating bumblebee eggs. The queen only does this when she has raised up some worker bumblebees to do the foraging for the colony. Worker bumblebees don’t “buzz” like the queens they just focus on their foraging. Now the number of bumblebees in the field will grow every day as the bumblebee colony rapidly expands.

Later blooming varieties like Elliot and Draper have just started to blossom so these varieties can really benefit from an exploding population of bumblebees.

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Bumblebee Beauty

Posted by blueberrytalk on April 4, 2010

This bumblebee is huge with distinctive yellow stripes. Most bumblebees are hard to capture in a picture because they feel obliged  to circle you while buzzing loudly but this bee  posed nicely. Notice the beautiful color of the wing veins.

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Bumblebees and Anise Hyssop

Posted by blueberrytalk on July 13, 2009

The bumblebees have started to show up regularly on the Anise hyssop. This plant will provide foraging opportunities right through to the fall.

Bumblebee on Anisse hyssop

Bumblebee on Anise hyssop

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Bumblebee pets

Posted by blueberrytalk on July 13, 2009

Ollie is a cute and furry puppy. People can’t resist bending down to pet him.

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Bumblebees are cute and furry too. Some people like to pet them.

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