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Grass Plugs & Isodontia

Like the Little Pig who made his house out of Straw, we have wasps that make their nests out of straw too.  Our Isodontia wasps use only Grass to create their cell partitions and nest plugs.  These inch-long gentle giants … Continue reading

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Chewed Vegetation Plugs (part 2) & the Megachile who make them

Earlier this spring we talked about the mason bees, Osmia and Hoplitis, that made plugs from chewed vegetation.  Then, the last Plugs & Bugs post focused on Megachile that use whole leaf or petal pieces.  Now we are combining the … Continue reading

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Whole leaf-petal pieces & the Leaf-cutting bees, Megachile

Did you ever see perfect circles cut for your rose leaves or even flowers?  Did you wonder who was responsible?  Did you ever imagine it might just be a bee?  All Whole Leaf Piece plugs are made by Megachile, though … Continue reading

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Mapping The Bees’ Needs

Hey Bees’ Needs Volunteers and blog followers, my name is Collin Schwantes and I am a recent addition to The Bees’ Needs team. I’m writing this post to tell you about the work I’m doing on the project right now. … Continue reading

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Loose Debris Plugs & their Bugs

Sticks, and stones, and broken bones, that’s what my nest plug is made of… The plug type that we are focusing on for this week’s “Plugs & Bugs” is Loose Debris.  In all of our other P&B posts we have … Continue reading

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Chewed Vegetation (part 1) & Mason Bees

Depending on species, Leaf-cutting bees (Family Megachilidae) use a variety of things to make nest plugs including mud, resin, plant fuzz, and as their name implies, leaves. Many of our leaf-cutting bees chew leaves into a pulp as they build … Continue reading

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Spider Web “Plugs” and Spider “Bugs”

Spiders strike fear in many of us, but they are an important part of our natural world and can even be pretty darn cute! Your bee block is the perfect place to call home for a variety of critters, so … Continue reading

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