By , on May 27th, 2015

Beautiful Luffa Flowers as Seen by Honey Bees

Zachary Huang, Michigan State University

This is a “formal post” to the site dedicated to ultraviolet photography, http://www.ultravioletphotography.com.

Luffa is commonly planted vegetable in China and the rest of Asia. Young fruit is usually made into a soup that has …

By , on May 27th, 2015

Pretty Flowers, but Bees Rarely Love ‘Em — Lilac

Zachary Huang, Michigan State University

Lilac is still blooming, although it is almost done here in East Lansing and Okemos. Lilac is in the family Oleaceae, the most common species planted are Syringa vulgaris.

[side note: Black locusts are …

By , on May 26th, 2015

Not Pretty Flowers, but Bees Love ‘Em — Autumn olive.

Zachary Huang, Michigan State University

The autumn olives (wolf berry, Russian olive) are in peak bloom now but yesterday (May 22, 2015), being so cool (17 C), I found only a few bees on them.  In 2006, when I took …

By , on May 15th, 2015

Breeding a Better Queen for Michigan

Editor’s note:  We received the following communication from Meghan Milbrath, Coordinator of the Michigan Pollinator Initiative and also the Northern Bee Network…

Hello all –
Purdue University has been breeding queens from colonies with high grooming behavior – selecting for …

By , on March 30th, 2015

The Healthy Food/Healthy Bees Connection is here!

Looking For an Organic Farm to Place Your Bees? Looking for Bees for your Organic Farm?

 The Healthy Food/Healthy Bees Connection is here!

I am partnering with John Hooper of the Michigan Organic Food and Farm Alliance (www.moffa.net) to bring …