Eastern Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa virginica)

Eastern Carpenter Bee

A gentle giant, the Eastern Carpenter Bee – Xylocopa virginica, is native to the eastern U.S. and is an important pollinator to a variety of plants.

Busy Bees Use Flower Petals For Nest Wallpaper

When we think of bee nests, we often think of a giant hive, buzzing with social activity, worker bees and honey. But scientists recently discovered a rare, solitary type of bee that makes tiny nests by plastering together flower petals. Full Story — website

Sweat Bee

Pollinators ♥ Native Plants Pt.2

Planting native flowering plants & grasses in the garden and/or landscape, will improve native pollinator populations by providing this necessary food and forage ✿

Western Honey Bee -Apis mellifera - winter bee

Western Honey Bee

The Western Honey Bee -Apis mellifera has both summer and winter workers. Winter honey bees emerge from eggs laid at the end of summer…

Pesticide threat to bees to be investigated by parliament

A powerful group of MPs will quiz ministers on why, unlike in other countries, the mounting evidence of serious harm is not leading to action… Full Story — website

California farmers invited to feed future pollinators

Two groups are inviting California farmers to sow flower seeds this month so bees can have a diverse diet next year. Full Story — website

Metallic Green Bee

Pollinators ♥ Native Plants Pt.1

Pollinators are important for a healthy ecosystem & critical to many food crops, but are often lacking in urban gardens & landscapes ✿

Honeybee

Honeybee Impact

Don’t underestimate the impact of the honeybee. -read this article by Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary on the process of pollination by honeybees.