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    Fortunately, it'll bloom next year

    Fortunately, it'll bloom next year
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    Manzanita in Southern Oregon

    http://www.amateuranthecologist.com/2018/03/arctostaphylos-viscida.html
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    Oregon native bees in spring

    http://www.amateuranthecologist.com/2018/05/bees-in-spring.html
  4. I use a Nikon coolpix B700 most of the time. No...

    I use a Nikon coolpix B700 most of the time. No tripod, no special lenses. The key is great weather, but very slow movement is also important. Also don't breathe on your subjects. It takes a lot of...
  5. Parasitic Wasps as biocontrol agents and pollinators

    Hi! This is about parasitic wasps, some of the coolest wasps. They're kind of like H.R. Giger's Alien (you know, like the one that burst out of John Hurt's chest in 1979). You may not like wasps, but...
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    Wasps. Loved by some, hated by others. I think...

    Wasps. Loved by some, hated by others. I think they are the coolest! Some are also very obscure. Little is known about the lives of many species of wasps, particularly the parasitoids. Host records...
  7. Photos of 29 species of wasps from 12 families in Southern OR, + article

    In 2016 I photographed and made personal observations on 29 species of wasps in 12 families here in the Rogue Valley in Southern Oregon. Most people have a fear response to wasps, but I intend to...
  8. Re: Wasps native to the Western US, found nesting in empty beekeeping equipment

    Had to remake one of the above links, it was no good. Here is a new link: http://www.amateuranthecologist.com/2016/11/polistes-aurifer.html
  9. Photos of 21 species of native bees in my Southern Oregon area

    Hi,

    Follow the link to my blog where I've written a post about all the native bees I've come across and was actually able to photograph this year, along with some field notes.
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  10. Re: Photographed >21 species of native bees in Southern Oregon this year

    Thank you all!
  11. Photographed >21 species of native bees in Southern Oregon this year

    I've been watching bees in my garden and the surrounding wild areas, and if I was lucky, I took pictures too. This year I photographed at least 21 species of native bees and made some notes about...
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    Re: Honey wasps

    The nest is completely destroyed to harvest the honey. Here's a good article on them: http://bugeric.blogspot.com/2011/02/wasp-wednesday-brachygastra-mellifica.html
  13. Re: Plant types that bees like, that can be cut as hay

    Why not try a mix? I like crimson clover, an annual clover (not to be confused with red clover), it reseeds itself for me. Interplant with whatever you want. I'd address the weeds first, either by...
  14. Colchicum, autumn blooming pollen source

    I grow some of these bulbs, bees are always all over them. Individual flowers don't last very long, but new flowers open frequently.

    http://www.amateuranthecologist.com/2016/10/colchicum.html
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  15. Re: Small Bee ID. Also this white flower...

    The small bee in the second photo looks like Lasioglossum sp., a native sweat bee.
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    Turkey mullein, Croton setigerus

    I've seen honeybees and other bees and wasps on this grayish roadside weed common in my rural Oregon neighborhood. It is in the euphorbia family, like poinsettias, and is said to produce a "thick...
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    Re: Crimson/Red Clover

    In my experience honeybees work crimson clover, an annual species. Red clover is perennial and not typically worked by honeybees, but bumblebees like it. Red and crimson clover are different species,...
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    Re: Autumn bee plants in SW OR

    Thanks! We have deer too, and many of the plants I highlighted are ignored by the deer here, as well as the various rodents that live here (semi rural). Most probably aren't in your local nurseries,...
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    Autumn bee plants in SW OR

    Here is a list of bee plants flowering in Autumn in my SW OR neighborhood. Some are native, some are noxious, and some are garden plants:
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  20. Re: Wasps native to the Western US, found nesting in empty beekeeping equipment

    Looks like it's already been eaten alive, the larvae have since emerged and are currently pupating
  21. Re: Wasps native to the Western US, found nesting in empty beekeeping equipment

    That was a good observation you had. Even with targeted pesticides, such as pest-specific BT, predators and parasitoids are affected since the pesticide wipes out their hosts/food sources.
  22. Re: Suggestions for a plant for a bog, deep shade

    Comfrey, Symphytum officinale
  23. Wasps native to the Western US, found nesting in empty beekeeping equipment

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    Over the past few months I've come across the nests of two species of wasps native to the Western US, among other areas. They were found in empty hives. Wasps are fascinating creatures, and...
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    Madia elegans in the Western US

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    I have become acquainted with Madia elegans, aka tarweed, for the past three years around my region in Southern Oregon. It blooms over a long period, from mid summer and well into fall, but...
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