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What do Mason Bees Pollinate?

Most Osmia mason bees are generalist pollinators, foraging on a wide variety of plants. As a rule of thumb, Osmia prefer tube-shaped blossoms or flowers with irregular shapes. Some of their favorites are various mints, penstemon, scorpionweed, and willows. They also like legume family plants such as indigo bush, clover, and vetch along with composites such as thistles.

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Exploring the Mason Bee Life Cycle

Often mistaken for flies, mason bees are some of the earliest spring fliers. But the timing of the mason bee life cycle varies with each individual species — and we in North America have an enormous variety.

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Installing a New Queen Bee to Change Genetics
June 13, 2019 · · Health & Pests

Changing genetics (and achieving diversity) can be achieved by installing a new queen bee or “requeening.” Is this the solution to better overwintering in the Northeast?

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65 Pollinator-Friendly Plants Bees Love

Add to Favorites Beekeepers are investing a lot of time and money seeking a solution to the bee population decline, but in the meantime, gardeners can be the frontline troops in …

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How to Make a Bee Hotel

Add to Favorites By Leah Grunzke – Solitary bees face some of the same threats to their population as honey bees do. Loss of habitat is perhaps the single biggest …

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Beehive Inspection Checklist
June 6, 2019 · · Hive Highlights

Add to Favorites The only way to know exactly what is going on in a beehive is to actually take a peek inside. This can be intimidating, especially to a …

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Feeding Honey Bees 101
June 5, 2019 · · Hive Highlights

Add to Favorites Many new beekeepers are surprised to learn that even established colonies need to be fed certain times of the year. Feed the bees? Wait a sec! I …

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Raising Honey Bees with Pets and Livestock
June 1, 2019 · · Health & Pests

Add to Favorites When we decided to start raising honey bees, one of the things we needed to consider was the safety of the other animals on our property. If …

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How to Decrystallize Honey
May 23, 2019 · · Honey & Beeswax

Add to Favorites Every so often someone asks me how to decrystallize honey. Now, they don’t use those exact words. Usually, the conversation goes something like this. “Um, I’m not …

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How Do I Know if My Bees Are Too Hot?
May 19, 2019 · · Health & Pests

Add to Favorites One of my favorite places to be on our property is in the bee yard. I will occasionally sneak in there with camera in hand and just …

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