Tag: Bees

The Bees Sure Do Like NE Aster

I’ve read that New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) is an important source of nectar for Monarch Butterflies on their southern migration. From casual observation, though, I have to conclude that Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia) is a much bigger draw for Monarchs and… Read More

Pesticide Progress for Pollinators?

A new study by the Pesticide Research Institute indicates that the presence of neonicotinoids has fallen by half in ornamental plants sold by major retailers. Neonicotinoids are a class of insecticide that is widely considered to be a major threat to the… Read More

These Are The Insects In Your Neighborhood

Book Review: Bees, Wasps, and Ants, by Eric Grissell I picked this book up because I wanted to know more about insects. Eric Grissell, a research entomologist, is a good source for such knowledge. This particular book focuses on the order Hymenoptera,… Read More

Bees Love Borage

In the Herb/Cutting Bed, we’re growing Borage (Borago officinalis) for the first time. I decided to give it a try for the little blue flowers (I love blue flowers), but also because I’ve heard that it’s a great plant for bees. This… Read More

The End of Colony Collapse Disorder?

There was a somewhat encouraging but confusing opinion piece in the New York Times on Friday about the decline of honeybees.  In the column, biologist Noah Wilson-Rich states that “Scientists I’ve spoken to in both academia and government have strong reason to… Read More

Beeing There

There are a lot more bees in our garden this year than last. That does not mean, I realize, that the crisis of bee survival is abating, but it is nice to know that at least our garden provides bees with good… Read More

Wise Words on Bee Decline

I hope a lot of people pay attention to the opinion piece by Mark Winston in today’s New York Times. Winston, a biologist at Simon Fraser University, argues that we should be looking at the destructive synergy created by all the factors… Read More

Up and Away

Judy took this series of photos of bees on the Tithonia. Here are three I particularly like.   One thing about this picture is that it shows very clearly what a composite flower is. What looks like one flower is really a… Read More

Bees Love Crocus, and so do I

When I was little there was a corner planted with crocus that I would pass on my way to school. In my mind the appearance of those bright yellow, purple, and white blooms marked the true beginning of spring. Since then I… Read More

Reason to Bee Hopeful?

There is an article in the most recent Science section of the New York Times on efforts to fight the worrisome decline of bees. The focus is on increasing the availability of plants in agricultural areas that provide forage for pollinators. In… Read More