Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]
Bumble bees In Trouble Toplef10Bumble bees In Trouble 1zd3ho10

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.

Bumble bees In Trouble I22gcj10Bumble bees In Trouble 14dhcg10

[/td][/tr][/table]

Join the forum, it's quick and easy

Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]
Bumble bees In Trouble Toplef10Bumble bees In Trouble 1zd3ho10

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.

Bumble bees In Trouble I22gcj10Bumble bees In Trouble 14dhcg10

[/td][/tr][/table]
Square Foot Gardening Forum
Would you like to react to this message? Create an account in a few clicks or log in to continue.
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» 2021 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by OhioGardener Today at 8:19 pm

» N&C Midwest—September 2021
by OhioGardener Today at 12:07 pm

» Patio Tomatoes at the Kitchen Door
by OhioGardener 9/16/2021, 8:05 pm

» Help identify seeds
by OhioGardener 9/16/2021, 7:59 pm

» Mulch question
by MrBooker 9/16/2021, 6:37 am

» Fallen Apples
by Kelejan 9/16/2021, 3:48 am

» CANADIAN REGION:What are you doing January to June 2021
by Kelejan 9/15/2021, 1:25 pm

» California's Drought
by Kelejan 9/15/2021, 12:58 pm

» Mark's first SFG
by markqz 9/14/2021, 11:28 pm

» Organic Management of Fall Garden Pests
by OhioGardener 9/14/2021, 8:38 am

» My name is boffer, and I'm a juicer.
by azonia221 9/13/2021, 9:10 pm

» Happy Birthday!!
by Scorpio Rising 9/12/2021, 11:54 am

» Chick N Poo Compost
by OhioGardener 9/9/2021, 4:59 pm

» What Have You Picked From Your Garden Today
by donnainzone5 9/9/2021, 12:41 pm

» Composting information
by Bart 9/9/2021, 11:13 am

» Hi from Lillington, NC
by AtlantaMarie 9/9/2021, 7:11 am

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by OhioGardener 9/7/2021, 7:19 pm

» What's everyone planting?
by sanderson 9/7/2021, 1:24 pm

» Worm On Tomato?
by sanderson 9/7/2021, 1:21 pm

» Canning Humor
by sanderson 9/6/2021, 11:36 pm

» Starbucks for coffee grounds!
by sanderson 9/6/2021, 11:35 pm

» Hi from an SFG beginner from Nashville, TN
by sanderson 9/6/2021, 10:55 pm

» Tomato - Snow Fairy
by markqz 9/6/2021, 6:23 pm

» Soil Building - For Better Fruit Production
by sanderson 9/6/2021, 4:33 pm

» OhioGardener SFG
by mollyhespra 9/6/2021, 1:19 pm

» Create Your Own Named Hybrid Tomato
by OhioGardener 9/3/2021, 8:10 am

» Senseless Banter...
by sanderson 9/2/2021, 6:56 pm

» Soil Additives
by sanderson 8/31/2021, 3:20 am

» Hurrican Ida
by sanderson 8/30/2021, 5:14 pm

» Butterfly/Pollinator Havens - Which plants are your favorite to cultivate?
by sanderson 8/30/2021, 5:11 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Bumble bees In Trouble

+6
CapeCoddess
trolleydriver
landarch
countrynaturals
sanderson
Scorpio Rising
10 posters

Page 1 of 2 1, 2  Next

Go down

Bumble bees In Trouble Empty Bumble bees In Trouble

Post  Scorpio Rising 9/22/2016, 1:51 pm

More bad news about our world in peril; neonicitinoids should be banned ASAP!  Plant habitat for these fuzzy, docile pollinators, there are fading fast...Sad


http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/environmentalists-sue-to-list-bumble-bee-as-endangered/

We are messing things up at an alarming rate.


Last edited by camprn on 5/22/2017, 9:06 am; edited 2 times in total (Reason for editing : revised title)
Scorpio Rising
Scorpio Rising

Female Posts : 8013
Join date : 2015-06-12
Age : 59
Location : Ada, Ohio

Back to top Go down

Bumble bees In Trouble Empty Re: Bumble bees In Trouble

Post  sanderson 9/22/2016, 4:14 pm

I read that last night and almost posted it! I cherish the single BB I get each summer.

____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast
sanderson
sanderson

Forum Administrator

Female Posts : 19627
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 72
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

https://connect.xfinity.com/appsuite/#!!&app=io.ox/mail&

Back to top Go down

Bumble bees In Trouble Empty Re: Bumble bees In Trouble

Post  countrynaturals 9/22/2016, 4:39 pm

@sanderson wrote:I read that last night and almost posted it!  I cherish the single BB I get each summer.
We've had a few, but not many. Sad
countrynaturals
countrynaturals

Female Posts : 5703
Join date : 2016-04-12
Location : Redding, CA

http://countrynaturals.com

Back to top Go down

Bumble bees In Trouble Empty Re: Bumble bees In Trouble

Post  landarch 9/23/2016, 9:47 am

I had tons of bumble bees early in the year when catmint and coneflowers were blooming...haven't seen one in a while.
landarch
landarch

Posts : 1152
Join date : 2012-01-22
Location : kansas city

Back to top Go down

Bumble bees In Trouble Empty Re: Bumble bees In Trouble

Post  trolleydriver 9/23/2016, 10:54 am

Over the past couple of weeks there have been a lot of BBs in our gardens. Maybe they've just moved further north. Very Happy  But on serious note is is scary to see the decline as reported.
trolleydriver
trolleydriver

Forum Moderator

Male Posts : 5368
Join date : 2015-05-04
Age : 74
Location : Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Back to top Go down

Bumble bees In Trouble Empty Re: Bumble bees In Trouble

Post  CapeCoddess 9/23/2016, 12:41 pm

I have a lot of BBs right now.  I love you  They are fighting at the hummingbird feeders and having a ball with the gaura and zinnias.

@Scorpio Rising wrote:

We are messing things up at an alarming rate.

As evidence by the diabetes, cancer, etc epidemics.
Sad
CC
CapeCoddess
CapeCoddess

Posts : 6824
Join date : 2012-05-20
Age : 65
Location : elbow of the Cape, MA, Zone 6b/7a

Back to top Go down

Bumble bees In Trouble Empty Re: Bumble bees In Trouble

Post  countrynaturals 9/23/2016, 1:01 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:I have a lot of BBs right now.  I love you  They are fighting at the hummingbird feeders and having a ball with the gaura and zinnias.

@Scorpio Rising wrote:

We are messing things up at an alarming rate.

As evidence by the diabetes, cancer, etc epidemics.
Sad
CC
Don't forget autism and alzheimer's. Sad
countrynaturals
countrynaturals

Female Posts : 5703
Join date : 2016-04-12
Location : Redding, CA

http://countrynaturals.com

Back to top Go down

Bumble bees In Trouble Empty Re: Bumble bees In Trouble

Post  Scorpio Rising 9/23/2016, 8:51 pm

@landarch wrote:I had tons of bumble bees early in the year when catmint and coneflowers were blooming...haven't seen one in a while.
Ditto.  Glad to hear others with some sightings!
Scorpio Rising
Scorpio Rising

Female Posts : 8013
Join date : 2015-06-12
Age : 59
Location : Ada, Ohio

Back to top Go down

Bumble bees In Trouble Empty Re: Bumble bees In Trouble

Post  countrynaturals 3/22/2017, 1:18 pm

Bumble Bees are now on the endangered species list. Sad Sad Sad I have flower seeds from the last several years that I couldn't plant because of the drought. I think I'll start a new "zombie garden" with all those seeds thrown on top of wood chips and watered down. There's a spot out in the orchard area where we see the bumbles every year. Fingers crossed they come back again this year and we have lots of flowers for them to play in. I love you
countrynaturals
countrynaturals

Female Posts : 5703
Join date : 2016-04-12
Location : Redding, CA

http://countrynaturals.com

Back to top Go down

Bumble bees In Trouble Empty Re: Bumble bees In Trouble

Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts 3/23/2017, 9:41 pm

We are very fortunate that we have quite a lot of bumble bees.  We have an interesting variety that is quite large and totally black.  I call them my secret service bees (you know always traveling around in huge black vehicles, lol!)

I get a huge amount of seeds at the end of the season each year from a company that pulls them for date.  Last year a large amount of them were flowers so I'm going to see about planting more of my hillsides with them.  You can never have too many pollinators.
audrey.jeanne.roberts
audrey.jeanne.roberts

Posts : 1918
Join date : 2012-12-07
Location : Central Calif Mtns.

http://audreyjeanne-roberts.artistwebsites.com

Back to top Go down

Bumble bees In Trouble Empty Re: Bumble bees In Trouble

Post  countrynaturals 4/6/2017, 11:06 am

Neighbor's lavender is now loaded with bumble bees, but they're all tiny. They're cute, fat, and energetic, but only the size of a very small grape -- half the size of a honeybee. I've never seen them this small, but at least there are lots of them.
countrynaturals
countrynaturals

Female Posts : 5703
Join date : 2016-04-12
Location : Redding, CA

http://countrynaturals.com

Back to top Go down

Bumble bees In Trouble Empty Re: Bumble bees In Trouble

Post  camprn 4/6/2017, 12:24 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:Neighbor's lavender is now loaded with bumble bees, but they're all tiny. They're cute, fat, and energetic, but only the size of a very small grape -- half the size of a honeybee. I've never seen them this small, but at least there are lots of them.
A smaller species of bee .

____________________________

43 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.
https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-weeks-until-frost

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. ~ Henry David Thoreau

https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t1306-other-gardening-books



Bumble bees In Trouble WxBanner?bannertype=wu_clean2day_cond&airportcode=KEEN&ForcedCity=Keene&ForcedState=NH&zipcode=03431&language=EN
camprn
camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14169
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 59
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Bumble bees In Trouble Empty Re: Bumble bees In Trouble

Post  countrynaturals 4/7/2017, 11:36 am

@camprn wrote:
@countrynaturals wrote:Neighbor's lavender is now loaded with bumble bees, but they're all tiny. They're cute, fat, and energetic, but only the size of a very small grape -- half the size of a honeybee. I've never seen them this small, but at least there are lots of them.
A smaller species of bee .
I can't find any mention of size, so here's the stupid question of the day: Could they be babies? Do bees grow?  Embarassed
countrynaturals
countrynaturals

Female Posts : 5703
Join date : 2016-04-12
Location : Redding, CA

http://countrynaturals.com

Back to top Go down

Bumble bees In Trouble Empty Re: Bumble bees In Trouble

Post  BeetlesPerSqFt 4/7/2017, 11:46 am

@countrynaturals wrote:
@camprn wrote:
@countrynaturals wrote:Neighbor's lavender is now loaded with bumble bees, but they're all tiny. They're cute, fat, and energetic, but only the size of a very small grape -- half the size of a honeybee. I've never seen them this small, but at least there are lots of them.
A smaller species of bee .
I can't find any mention of size, so here's the stupid question of the day: Could they be babies? Do bees grow?  Embarassed
A real beekeeper is likely to make some minor corrections on this, particular on some of my terminology, but:

Nope, not babies. Bees are one of the types of insects that undergo complete metamorphosis: they go from an egg, to a grub-like youngster, to a pupa, and then a full-size adult bee. Baby bees are grubs. The grown-up bees feed the grubs, each one has a cell in  - well - a honeycomb that is for baby bee grubs, not honey. They get fed honey for energy, and pollen for protein. Once the babies are ready to pupate, the adult bees cap them in their cell for privacy. And when they are done pupating, the pupae become adults and chew their way out of the cell (through the cap.) Adults can vary a little in size (and a queen is bigger than a worker), but they don't get any bigger.
BeetlesPerSqFt
BeetlesPerSqFt

Female Posts : 1439
Join date : 2016-04-11
Location : Port Matilda, PA Zone 5b/6a LF:5/11-FF:10/10

Back to top Go down

Bumble bees In Trouble Empty Re: Bumble bees In Trouble

Post  countrynaturals 4/7/2017, 1:13 pm

@BeetlesPerSqFt wrote:
@countrynaturals wrote:
@camprn wrote:
@countrynaturals wrote:Neighbor's lavender is now loaded with bumble bees, but they're all tiny. They're cute, fat, and energetic, but only the size of a very small grape -- half the size of a honeybee. I've never seen them this small, but at least there are lots of them.
A smaller species of bee .
I can't find any mention of size, so here's the stupid question of the day: Could they be babies? Do bees grow?  Embarassed
A real beekeeper is likely to make some minor corrections on this, particular on some of my terminology, but:

Nope, not babies. Bees are one of the types of insects that undergo complete metamorphosis: they go from an egg, to a grub-like youngster, to a pupa, and then a full-size adult bee. Baby bees are grubs. The grown-up bees feed the grubs, each one has a cell in  - well - a honeycomb that is for baby bee grubs, not honey. They get fed honey for energy, and pollen for protein. Once the babies are ready to pupate, the adult bees cap them in their cell for privacy. And when they are done pupating, the pupae become adults and chew their way out of the cell (through the cap.) Adults can vary a little in size (and a queen is bigger than a worker), but they don't get any bigger.
Thanks for the info, Beetles. I just did another search and still can't find any mention of size. These are barely half as big as what we usually get, but huge quantities, unlike the onesy-twosies we normally see. Ah well. Maybe I'll stumble onto the answer somewhere in my travels. geek
countrynaturals
countrynaturals

Female Posts : 5703
Join date : 2016-04-12
Location : Redding, CA

http://countrynaturals.com

Back to top Go down

Bumble bees In Trouble Empty Re: Bumble bees In Trouble

Post  BeetlesPerSqFt 4/7/2017, 4:08 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:Neighbor's lavender is now loaded with bumble bees, but they're all tiny. They're cute, fat, and energetic, but only the size of a very small grape -- half the size of a honeybee. I've never seen them this small, but at least there are lots of them.
I skimmed through the bees at bugguide.net, looking for bees that looked like a bumblebee but were smaller, and were found in CA and were found in CA around this time of year.

Two struck me as being more likely, both are in the genus Anthophora, digger bees:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/916696/bgpage
Anthorphora pacifica (which doesn't seem to have a designated common name, but whom we could call Pacific digger bee, or Peaceful digger bee)

And when I found the second I almost decided not to mention the first. The common name for this one is Bumblebee-Mimic Anthophora! What a Face
http://bugguide.net/node/view/108945/bgimage?from=24

There are quite a few other species of digger bees, mostly furry and small, with variations in coloration, etc. Without a photo to go on, this group would be my best guess for identifying your busy, buzzy visitors.
BeetlesPerSqFt
BeetlesPerSqFt

Female Posts : 1439
Join date : 2016-04-11
Location : Port Matilda, PA Zone 5b/6a LF:5/11-FF:10/10

Back to top Go down

Bumble bees In Trouble Empty Re: Bumble bees In Trouble

Post  CapeCoddess 4/7/2017, 5:17 pm

Ohhh...they're SO cute!!! I love you
CapeCoddess
CapeCoddess

Posts : 6824
Join date : 2012-05-20
Age : 65
Location : elbow of the Cape, MA, Zone 6b/7a

Back to top Go down

Bumble bees In Trouble Empty Re: Bumble bees In Trouble

Post  sanderson 4/7/2017, 9:44 pm

CC, That is what I was going to say! They're so cute!

____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast
sanderson
sanderson

Forum Administrator

Female Posts : 19627
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 72
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

https://connect.xfinity.com/appsuite/#!!&app=io.ox/mail&

Back to top Go down

Bumble bees In Trouble Empty Re: Bumble bees In Trouble

Post  countrynaturals 4/8/2017, 3:39 am

They are adorable. I'll try to get some pics tomorrow.
countrynaturals
countrynaturals

Female Posts : 5703
Join date : 2016-04-12
Location : Redding, CA

http://countrynaturals.com

Back to top Go down

Bumble bees In Trouble Empty Re: Bumble bees In Trouble

Post  sanderson 5/21/2017, 8:29 pm


____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast
sanderson
sanderson

Forum Administrator

Female Posts : 19627
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 72
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

https://connect.xfinity.com/appsuite/#!!&app=io.ox/mail&

Back to top Go down

Bumble bees In Trouble Empty Re: Bumble bees In Trouble

Post  Scorpio Rising 5/21/2017, 9:25 pm

Cool!  I dont think i have ever seen one....
Scorpio Rising
Scorpio Rising

Female Posts : 8013
Join date : 2015-06-12
Age : 59
Location : Ada, Ohio

Back to top Go down

Bumble bees In Trouble Empty Re: Bumble bees In Trouble

Post  sanderson 5/22/2017, 2:15 am

Here is a nest found in a SFG bed during spring amending!  Bumble bees In Trouble Bee_bu10
The gardener put up a sign identifying the nest. Bumble bees In Trouble Bee_bu11

____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast
sanderson
sanderson

Forum Administrator

Female Posts : 19627
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 72
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

https://connect.xfinity.com/appsuite/#!!&app=io.ox/mail&

Back to top Go down

Bumble bees In Trouble Empty Re: Bumble bees In Trouble

Post  trolleydriver 5/22/2017, 7:49 am

One summer we had bumblebees nesting under our concrete steps at the rear side of the house. The stairs are like a big block, sealed on all sides, and hollow underneath. The bees got to the nest though a small hole in the dirt beside the stairs. The stairs were located in a cool shaded area which got sun only in the late afternoon/evening. As well, they are close to Mrs TDs flower gardens and the fish pond. This all fits in with what the article posted by sanderson states about location for a nest.
trolleydriver
trolleydriver

Forum Moderator

Male Posts : 5368
Join date : 2015-05-04
Age : 74
Location : Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Back to top Go down

Bumble bees In Trouble Empty Re: Bumble bees In Trouble

Post  Scorpio Rising 5/22/2017, 9:16 am

They are sooooo cute!
Scorpio Rising
Scorpio Rising

Female Posts : 8013
Join date : 2015-06-12
Age : 59
Location : Ada, Ohio

Back to top Go down

Bumble bees In Trouble Empty BB

Post  claricenightspirit 5/22/2017, 3:46 pm

What bees are the ones who live in wood,chew the wood and leave a pile of sawdust below the wood they were chewing? They have the same colors and markings as a bumble bee. Bumble bees In Trouble 3170584802
claricenightspirit
claricenightspirit

Female Posts : 1
Join date : 2017-05-22
Age : 110
Location : Buffalo, NY

Back to top Go down

Bumble bees In Trouble Empty Re: Bumble bees In Trouble

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Page 1 of 2 1, 2  Next

Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum