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Western bumble bee decline

The western bumble bee (Bombus occidentalis) was historically very common throughout the western United States and Canada. However, in the last 20 years it has declined by more than 90% according to a recent study (Graves et ...

Jess Tyler | Nov 2020 | Article

Profile of showy townsendia - Townesendia florifer

Showy townsendia - Townesendia florifer - is a member of the Sunflower or Aster Family - Compostitae. This is the largest family of flowering plants in the world, the largest in North America and the largest in the ...

Phil Paterno | Nov 2020 | Article

Profile of Oregon sunshine - Eriophyllum lanatum

Oregon Sunshine - Eriophyllum lanatum - is a member of the Sunflower or Aster Family - Compostitae. This is the largest family of flowering plants in the world, the largest in North America and the largest in the ...

Phil Paterno | Nov 2020 | Article

What are nectar robbers?

Not all bees collecting nectar from flowers enter through the flower. Some rob the nectar from the flower, and in the process, avoid contacting the reproductive parts. Master Melittologist Carol Yamada demonstrates this behavior.

Carol Yamada | Nov 2020 | Video

Mowing after flowering

Mowing is an important part of maintaining pollinator habitat. As Master Melittologist Pat Hayes demonstrates, waiting until after flowering is finished can really increased seed production, helping flowers establish over time.

Pam Hayes | Nov 2020 | Video

160 - Jim Cane - Bees and fire

Dr. Jim Cane is a recently retired as a Research Entomologist with the USDA’s Pollinating Insect-Biology, Management, Systematics Research in Logan, UT. he has extensive experience working with bees and wildflowers in sagebrush systems (but also much, much more).

Andony Melathopoulos | Nov 2020 | Podcast episode

The great Oregon squash bee hunt!

A marvelous new bee is in the process of spreading its range to Oregon - the squash bee. Learn about this fascinating bee and help us track its arrival to Oregon.

Miranda Jones | Nov 2020 | Article

158 - Kara Maddox - Pollinators for the Masses

Kara Maddox is the Creative Director of Communications for the National Pesticide Safety Education Center (NPSEC). Kara’s responsibilities include developing and implementing communications & marketing strategies, managing digital content ...

Andony Melathopoulos | Nov 2020 | Podcast episode

Resin bees

While exploring our backyard last Spring, we noted a 9mm (1/3 inch) pot-like nest sticking to a small branch of pacific ninebark (Physocarpus capitatus). We weren’t sure if it was a bee nest or not, so we placed it in ...

Tom Robertson | Nov 2020 | Article

Species profile: Suckley’s cuckoo bumble bee

Suckley’s cuckoo bumble bee (Bombus suckleyi) is named after a physician and naturalist who explored Oregon and Washington in the 1850s. This species is a social parasite of the western bumble bee (Bombus occidentalis). It has...

Jess Tyler | Nov 2020 | Article