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Wild bee and Mason bee

Posted by blueberrytalk on March 26, 2015

dandelion

dandelion

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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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Dandelions fade as blueberries blossom

Posted by blueberrytalk on April 27, 2010

Blueberry growers have been told that bees will forsake the blueberry blossoms in favour of dandelions. The pictures below tell a different story. On the left the bright orange dandelion pollen shows that the bees have been spending a lot of time in the dandelions. Now that the blueberries are about 10% bloom the picture on the right shows little indication of dandelion activity and most of the dandelions have gone to seed. 

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Dandelion pollen

Posted by blueberrytalk on April 11, 2010

To get a good view of the dandelion pollen click on the picture to enlarge and then on the magnify icon to see the abundance of pollen from this source.

Dandelion pollen

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Mason bees are out and about

Posted by blueberrytalk on March 31, 2010

Mason bee on Dandelion

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November dandelions

Posted by blueberrytalk on November 10, 2008

Dandelions are attracting bees on a sunny November day. The late bloom of dandelions started in August and will persist until winter shuts them down. They bloom early in the season til May and then late in the season.

Click on the picture below to enlarge and you will notice a dandelion bud waiting to open. When everything else has shut down the dandelion is still in bloom.

November dandelion

November dandelion

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Late show of Dandelion

Posted by blueberrytalk on August 17, 2008

With all the Cat’s ear in bloom it’s hard to notice when the Dandelion makes it’s late season appearance. But in the picture below you can see the unmistakeable single soft stem of the dandelion. The Cat’s ear below the Dandelion points out the differance between the two plants.

  

Dandelion seed

Dandelion seed

Cat's ear

Cat's ear

This indicates, once again, that the Dandelion in bloom is not in competition with the blueberry in bloom.

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Dandelions and blueberry blossoms

Posted by blueberrytalk on May 5, 2008

It is a commonly held view that dandelions will distract bees from pollinating blueberry blossoms. These pictures show that the dandelions have peaked just as the first blueberry blossoms are opening. Dandelions will blossom again a couple of times later in the season.

            

Rhododendrons are popular with all bees. Early rhododendrons start in March and later ones can go right to June. The broadleaf maple is a good food source for the bees but the flowers are finished right now. However, other maples are in blossom. (May 4) Pictures below are of bees in rhododendron and Japenese maple.

        

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