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Nectar collection by honey bees

While folks envision industrious honey bees bringing home loads of silken nectar, they often don’t account for the other payloads that arrive on the landing board. Honey bees actually collect three other substances: pollen, water, and propolis. Today’s post is a brief overview of nectar collection. Later I’ll write about the other three. Nectar is […] Read more

What’s all the hype about pollinators?

“So what’s all the hype about pollinators, anyway? Doesn’t pollination just happen?” This question comes up frequently. Prior to the mid-1940s most pollination did “just happen.” The fields, woodlands, and roadsides at the perimeters of most farms were aflutter with all manner of pollinating animals. These included native bees as well as butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, […] Read more