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This Weather !!

I’m glad for the moisture, and I love the snow day (and cookies we baked).  The bees will be fine.  It was too early for 70F weather anyway. Enjoy the snow.  

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Welcome to The Bees’ Needs 2016

We have started passing out bee blocks for 2016.  If we have not already contacted you to come get your block, you should be hearing from us within the next few days. Our Data Entry Portal and Basic Survey are … Continue reading

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2016 Bee Season

Due to limited funding, the 2016 season of The Bees’ Needs is going to be reduced in scope and primarily for volunteers who have participated in the past.  Those people who have requested bee blocks will be contacted over the … Continue reading

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The Bee Guru

Since The Bees’ Needs focuses much attention on bees, it seems reasonable to mention Dr. Charles Michener, arguably the most knowledgeable human on the subject of bees – ever. His treatise, The Bees of The World, is THE comprehensive work … Continue reading

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Preparing for Winter

Well, we are jumping the gun by a few weeks for those of us who live down low, but since we live in Colorado, we know it will snow sometime very soon. Some of you at higher elevations may have … Continue reading

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Resin with Debris Plugs & Dianthidium

  As the nights cool and the leaves start to turn in the high country of Colorado, we find one of our Autumn bees laboring away. She’s collecting pollen to provision her nest, along with a smattering of sticks, stones, and resin that … Continue reading

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Mud “Plugs” (part 2) & Auplopus

What is THAT?  Looking a bit like a dried up worm, this is a series of mud-lined cells constructed by a wasp in the genus Auplopus.  This unique nest is one of the more bizarre we have found in our … Continue reading

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