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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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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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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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Colorado’s “newest” bee

Megachile apicalis, a species introduced from Europe and a close relative of the alfalfa leaf-cutting bee, has made its way to Colorado, and what a stunner she is!  We reared this bee from one of The Bees’ Needs 2013 bee … Continue reading

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Silk Plugs & Hylaeus

One of the less common types of nest plugs we get in our bee blocks are the Silk plugs made by the yellow-faced or masked bees, Hylaeus species.  They are a real treat for those who do see them, often … Continue reading

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