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Advanced MG training–Bees –and IT IS RAINING!

July 15, 2015
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Today was a great training day with a more than full house. We started the day off with Dr. Neel Yoshi, a post doc entomologist who specializes in native bees. advanced mg training bees.july15 (3)

advanced mg training bees.july15 (10) He discussed their importance and how to attract them and discussed overall bee decline. advanced mg training bees.july15 (4)

advanced mg training bees.july15 (7) He brought several examples of solitary bee houses and had a lot of questions.

Then we all moved into the meeting space for a demonstration on honey extraction by our resident bee expert, Jon Zawislak. People were riveted by his demonstration. He showed how to cut away the beeswax, put the panels into the bee extractor and then how to strain the honey and then bottle it. I put up several video clips on my facebook account, since I don’t know hot to do it here. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/janet.carson.581
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advanced mg training bees.july15 (29) Everyone got to take a small bottle of this honey home today as well.

After lunch, I spoke on plants that attract bees for both pollen and nectar, then Jon covered the basics of beekeeping. advanced mg training bees.july15 (31)

advanced mg training bees.july15 (33) At the end of the day, we had a demonstration on how to make a solitary bee home, using pieces of bamboo, duct tape and wire. advanced mg training bees.july15 (34)

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I think there was a whole lot of learning going on today. Mid-day, we heard the rain pouring down outside, and then it cleared, and as I drove home at 5:30 the skies were pouring. It is still raining but it is getting brighter, so I think it is passing. We have had 1.5 inches already! We were getting dry, so this helps.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Wanda Madera permalink
    July 15, 2015 8:29 pm

    What is the purpose of a solitary bee home?

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    • uamg permalink
      July 15, 2015 8:59 pm

      85% of all bees are “Solitary” and they are called this because they don’t live in hives and they do not have a Queen. Instead they will nest in their holes, one female per hole, but will live alongside other bees. Some of the different species include – Orchard Mason bees (known as Mason bees), Leafcutter bees, Aphid bees and Carpenter bees. They are very efficient pollinators and will go from flower to flower to pollinate things, versus the honeybee, which only goes to one type of flower per flight out of the hive.

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