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Is a solitary bee a mason bee?

Confusion surrounding solitary bees seems to be getting worse. Recently, I ran into an acquaintance in a local supermarket. The conversation went something like this: “Hey Kathy,” I said, “did you finally get your hive set up?” “No, we decided to wait another year. But we got solitary bees! We put up a box.” “Great!” I […] Read more

In through the back door

While traipsing through the farmer’s market last weekend, I met a beekeeper with an interesting question. Having heard that honey bees are poor pollinators of alfalfa, she wanted to know where alfalfa honey comes from. How does that work? Honey bees are, indeed, second-rate pollinators when it comes to alfalfa. When the bee sits on […] Read more