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A lesson in beekeeping from a two-celled Andrena

Trying to identify wild bees is a humbling pursuit in which every success is matched with two or three dismal failures. Today was no exception. Earlier in the week I stopped at the Mima Prairie Visitor Center, armed with my camera and longest lens. I strolled among the mysterious mounds, looking for whatever I might […] Read more

Who knew vacuuming could be so much fun?

Interest in wild bee populations skyrocketed after the appearance of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Although CCD is strictly a honey bee thing, it caused many people to think seriously about pollinator conservation, just in case things got worse with the honey bee. But many folks still don’t realize that honey bees do not pollinate everything, […] Read more