All the Buzz Down on the Farm

A Garden Snapshot The idyllic farm conjures up images of chickens scratching around the farmyard, cows grazing in green pastures, and gardens producing a bountiful harvest.  One third of our food supply is achieved through the endless effort of pollinators, in particular bees.  The economic value of insect-pollinated crops in the United States is estimated to be $20 billion dollars in 2000, with native insects … Continue reading All the Buzz Down on the Farm

Bumblebees of the Adirondacks

The Adirondack Region Supports a Diverse Bumble Bee Population. On a recent trip home to the Adirondacks, I stopped along the East branch of the Ausable River and discovered the flood plain was filled with a diverse variety of flowering shrubs and herbaceous plants.  The wildflowers hosted a  surprisingly diverse population of bumble bee species.  In the mid-Hudson Valley where I now reside, I’ve find … Continue reading Bumblebees of the Adirondacks

Time to Esteem our Native Pollen Bees

In any conversation about bees, inevitably the honeybee takes center stage. Why is that?  Are honeybees really more important than other bees?  Would our entire food supply be threatened if honeybees were to vanish?   Our native bees, sometimes described as pollen bees, are not only more efficient pollinators but have also developed techniques for pollinating flowers that honeybees are incapable of pollinating. Honeybees may be the … Continue reading Time to Esteem our Native Pollen Bees