Monthly Archives: January 2015

If you have a Dalmatian, bee biologists need you…

Sam Droege is kind of a rock star among bee biologists.  Sam works for the US Geological Survey and spends his time devising biodiversity surveys.  His specialty is collecting, identifying, photographing and publicizing bees.  Like any good publicist and society photographer, … Continue reading

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Recommended read: Eric Grissell’s Bees, Wasps, and Ants

I recently read a great book, Eric Grissell’s Bees, Wasps, and Ants – The Indispensable Role of Hymenoptera in the Garden.  I picked it up at my favourite bookstore, which specializes in remaindered books, and sometimes sells some real gems … Continue reading

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Bees that nest in snail shells

It isn’t a very common habit, but a few Osmia bees actually nest in snail shells.  The best known species are European, like Osmia bicolor, described in this link (written by BugGwen who writes for Wired Science), with wonderful embedded videos. … Continue reading

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Return of short-haired bumblebees to Britain

Some good environmental news for a change – reintroduction of the the short-haired bumblebee to Britain seems to have worked!  The secret to successful reintroduction seems to be in providing lots of flowers with a return to floral hedgerows and field … Continue reading

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Seed bombs – a fun way to get more flowers and more bees!

Check out this great idea!  http://www.treehugger.com/lawn-garden/save-bees-seed-bombs.html

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Honeybee worker, Kerameikos, just below Athens Acropolis

I usually ignore honeybees when I’m home, but in Greece, honeybees are native bees and often wild. It’s amazing to find any bees at all in a big city with almost no greenery, but there are always honeybees in the … Continue reading

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