Monthly Archives: August 2012
This is the first blog at its new home location.
Last week, my blog Beediverse was moved from Google blogspot to this Beediverse web site. This move is exciting to me because it makes it more my own. It also makes it easier for people to find us and adding blogs is easier if it is all under the same roof.
With summer holidays behind us, it is now time to add into this blog, a backlog of emails and ideas sent over the summer.
Interest is spreading into identification of other bee species and insects that are seen in the garden. People are sending great photos of these insects and we hope we can identify them. The photo on the right is a photo of a fly on Sedum spp.
In this photo of a fly, note the absence of antennae (bees have antennae and if you look closely at a bee, each antennae is made up of segments- less then 20).
One of the things that is on my to-do list is to categorize each of the old posts to make them more accessible. For example, if you are interested in seeing my blogs of my travels, then you can look under ‘travels’. The category ‘Old city of Dordrecht’ will be placed under ‘Travels. The only thing is that I have not been able to figure out how to remove a category…yet.
From: Harriet W
Subject: weird yellow fluffy substance found
When I was recently taking down my mason bee hotels and houses, I found a yellow fluffy substance in several of the boxes. It seems almost like wall insulation. One seemed to have cocoons in it.
Do you know what this is? Should I just clean the cacoons and boxes as usual with Chlorox? Do I just throw this stuff away? leave it in the recycle?
from Denise S.
I’ve often wondered how mason bees, both in the wild and in provided nesting tubes, get enough air to breathe as they develop. The chambers are divided by mud that even pollen mites can’t get through, and are surrounded by wood or thick cardboard. Where does their oxygen come from?
On Jul 21, 2012, at 6:01 PM, Margriet Dogterom wrote:
When bees hibernate, their metabolism slows down and they need very little air. I presume, there is always some air transfer amongst the mud particles.
Thank you so much for your prompt reply, Dr. Dogterom.
In July, I took all my nests down from various sites and have placed them inside net bags and under cover. I opened one of the nests, and cocoons are fully developed.
More recently I have been busy creating more video clips for a number of products, so that it is easy to see how the product works. When they are on the web site, I will place the links on this blog.
Have a great summer! Margriet