The Managed Pollinator CAP after Three Years: Highlights and Emerging Trends

Managed Pollinator Coordinated Agriculture Program (CAP) Updates

A National Research and Extension Initiative to Reverse Pollinator Decline

This is part of an ongoing series of updates from the Managed Pollinator CAP. Additional installments can be found at the:

CAP Updates Table of Contents

More information about the CAP can be found at:

http://www.beeccdcap.uga.edu

 


Keith S. Delaplane, Professor and CAP Director, University of Georgia

by Keith S. Delaplane, Professor and CAP Director, University of Georgia

CAP Updates: 23

  • Jointly published in

Nest Location in Bumble Bees: Effect of Landscapes and Insecticides

Managed Pollinator Coordinated Agriculture Program (CAP) Updates

A National Research and Extension Initiative to Reverse Pollinator Decline

This is part of an ongoing series of updates from the Managed Pollinator CAP. Additional installments can be found at the:

CAP Updates Table of Contents

More information about the CAP can be found at:

http://www.beeccdcap.uga.edu

 


Anne L. Averill, University of Massachusetts/Amherst

by Anne L. Averill, University of Massachusetts/Amherst

CAP Updates: 22

Jointly published in the American Bee Journal and in Bee Culture

What is a "pollen bee" or a "non-apis bee"?

The terms “pollen bee” and “non-apis bee” describes the same thing, which is any bee other then a honey bee. There are numerous types of honey bees, but they all have the genus name Apis. Honey bees are termed “honey bees” because they store large amounts of surplus honey, compared to other types of bees. Bumble bees, blue orchard bees, leaf-cutting bees, and any other type of bee without the genus name Apis does not store as much honey in …

What plants in my vegetable garden attract or need bees?

Squashes, pumpkins, gourds, and garden cucumbers stand out as needing and feeding native bees, as do melons, even the seedless varieties. I also let my arugula, mustard and other early salad greens in the cabbage family go to flower (collecting the seed for future planting). Bumblebees at least will work your tomato flowers for pollen, although outdoors, many varieties of tomato do not benefit much from their pollination. Alas, peas and beans (except fava) self-pollinate in the bud. More inviting …

Wild Bee Status and Evidence for Pathogen Spillover with Honey Bees

 

Managed Pollinator Coordinated Agriculture Program (CAP) Updates

A National Research and Extension Initiative to Reverse Pollinator Decline

This is part of an ongoing series of updates from the Managed Pollinator CAP. Additional installments can be found at the:

CAP Updates Table of Contents

More information about the CAP can be found at:

http://www.beeccdcap.uga.edu

 

Anna Morkeski (left) and Anne Averill

CAP Updates: 12

by ANNA MORKESKI and ANNE L. AVERILL University of Massachusetts/Amherst

Characters used in Identifying Bees

What kind of bee am I?

This page provides examples of morphological characters used to identify bees. To observe these characters, a dissecting microscope with a light source is used. Details on choosing a microscope, and many other aspects of Collecting and Identifying Bees can be found in the downloadable .pdf The Very Handy Manual: How to Catch and Identify Bees and Manage a Collection. manual edited by Sam Droege, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Beltsville, MD.


A caliper

Collecting and Identifying Bees

Collecting and identifying bees can be a fun and educational activity for all ages. It can also be an effective way to monitor ecological change and effects on bee diversity. Honey bees found in the United States (Apis mellifera) only represent one species out of over 3,500 US bee species.

 

 

 

Bees, which are in the superfamily Apoidea, come in an amazing diversity of size, shape, color, and surface textures. Collecting bees brings a greater appreciation and understanding for …

Bee Pollinators in Your Garden

Publication Distributed by the American Association of Professional Apiculturalists

(Cover art by Amy B. Wright, compliments of National Gardening Magazine)

Bee Pollinators in Your Garden is the newest publication of the American Association for Professional Apiculturists, edited
by E.C. Mussen, M. Spivak, D.F. Mayer, and M.T. Sanford. It is
an 18 page color booklet that covers the following topics: Why
Bees are the Best Pollinators, What is a Bee?, What Bees are
Common? Habitat for Bees, Insecticides and Bees, and …

Identification of Native Bees

  • This information presented here is taken from ‘Native Bee Benefits‘ published by Bryn Mawr College and Rutgers University.

Contents


Bombus impatiens

What to look

The Logan BeeMail Shelter

A Practical, Portable Unit for Managing Cavity-Nesting Agricultural Pollinators


Figure 1. Logan BeeMail shelter with wooden nesting blocks for the blue orchard bee, O. lignaria.

Abstract: An affordable, durable, portable nesting shelter will be useful to manage cavity-nesting bees for agricultural pollination. A design is described here that is assembled from commercially available components. It has been successfully used with field experiments using the alfalfa leaf-cutting bee and several species of Osmia bees. In a 4-year field study with commercial …