Category Archives: Behavior

What do bees do when flowers are few?

Have you ever wondered what solitary bees do if they emerge from overwintering into an environment without flowers? We often worry about how flowering plants would fare without local bees to pollinate them, but what about the other way around? … Continue reading

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Hibernate like the Bees

The turkey’s been stuffed.  The first snow has hit the pavement.  Ambitious merry folk in white-trimmed red-felt hats are already weighing down conifers in their living rooms with glass globes and tinsel.  Yes, ’tis the season when one naturally begins … Continue reading

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Tale of Two Trachusa: Confessions of a Nest Voyeur

Last week I killed a bee family.  I had been watching them for months.  I broke into their home while the mother was out and removed her five little ones, one by one.  I don’t feel great about it.  But … Continue reading

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