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For healthy bees: Sow seeds, not war

The room was fluttering with bee conservationists. The seats were occupied by men and women from all over the Pacific Northwest who had agreed to donate considerable sums of personal time and money to tramp across the tristate area and survey bumble bees. Butterfly nets, catch jars, and t-shirts were stacked next to doughnuts, coffee, […] Read more

Dianthidium bees make masons look like amateurs

Although they are not generally known as mason bees, the members of the genus Dianthidium certainly outshine Osmia bees when it comes to actually building something. Dianthidium bees collect pebbles, stones, and gravel, then cement them together to form a structure that can be pounded by the elements. The resulting nests are both impressive and […] Read more

Stalking an aggregation of tiny holes

Nothing piques my curiosity like an aggregation of tiny holes, neat little excavations in nondescript ground. Who lives down there? How deep? What do they eat? Why did they choose this place? Earlier this summer, while walking the dog in the forest, we stumbled across a small aggregation in the center of a sun-drenched logging […] Read more