Re: [beemonitoring] Collecing bees in managed apple orchards
- Hi, Sidd,
I've been monitoring apples and very little turns up in bowls. I suggest netting at flower. There does seem to be a different mix in the morning and afternoon, so if you can net for at least 15 min in the a.m. and again in the p.m., I am sure you'll find a lot. Seems like when I first arrive at a spot, there's little visible, but if I just stand observing, then they start showing up. You might want to just take notes observing for a while (an hour or so in the a.m. and p.m.) so you'll get so see what's coming to the flowers.
NancyOn Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 11:19 AM, Cane, Jim <Jim.Cane@...> wrote:
Sidd- I have nesting Osmia lignaria flying at my older suburban home. They forage on apples and crabapples at my house and those of neighbors. They are outnumbered by honeybees on these trees, but I nonetheless typically manage a 2-4x population increase annually, depending on weather (yesterday’s snow was not helpful!). At some point of course bees can be overstocked…a look at who is still getting pollen in the afternoon might be telling.
James H. Cane
USDA-ARS Bee Biology and Systematics Lab
Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322 USA
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