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  1. #1
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    Default When should leaf cutter bees emerge.

    Last fall I got 8 bee boards from an abandoned alfalfa farm. The first time I looked at them they were active. In fact, driving up I thought they were honey bees, there were so many. Late in the fall, when there was no longer any flight I transported them to our place. Almost all the holes were sealed cocoons.

    Now it is mid June and I have seen none emerge? Alfalfa is just starting to bloom. Did they die? We had a mild winter. What is going on?

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    Default Re: When should leaf cutter bees emerge.

    Wow. They are emerging. Can't believe it, started occurring the day after the above post.

    What an example of co-evolution. Think about it, if they emerged before the alfalfa bloomed, they would be in danger of starving. Their clock is perfectly in tune with their feed source.

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    Default Re: When should leaf cutter bees emerge.

    Or the perfect example of the Creator's (God's) hand at work.
    All things for His glory

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    Default Re: When should leaf cutter bees emerge.

    That's just awesome. I'd love to see you post a few photos here of your colony, if possible.
    Congratulations!
    The little bee returns with evening's gloom,
    To join her comrades in the braided hive... -Tennyson

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    Default Re: When should leaf cutter bees emerge.

    I saw leafcutters on flowers just the other day but it wasn't alfalfa but a yellow globe thistle and the bee was loading up that bottom of the abdomen with pollen.

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