Photo 1: An alfalfa leafcutter bee (Megachile rotundata) emerging from a nest. Photo 2: A different M. rotundata nest.
Leafcutter bees cut out pieces of leaves to build their nests. This bee species, the alfalfa leafcutter bee, was accidentally introduced to the U.S. from Europe sometime before 1940. It was later found to be an important pollinator and has since been used commercially by alfalfa growers.
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Photographer: Chelsey Ritner
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Do you sit and watch bees? Have a cuppa and a yarn with em? Many people find it very therapeutic. I personally always find it grounding to sit with nature.
Reposting @lil_creatures -lovely pic! 👏
1 654 hours ago
Hive inspection day! The hives at Tasha’s Garden are KILLING IT. 💁🏽♀️ As always. 💁🏽♀️ The running joke at Tasha’s House is the bees do so well because Tasha’s mom talks to the bees everyday. We’re starting to think this is true. 🤔 The hives had full brood, pollen, honey, and queens!!! Now we’re on the way to Possum Trot to check the rest of the hives. 😊🧡 #palmpikeapiary#hiveinspection
Beauty, it’s one of the medicines of life. I think this is why so many of us are drawn to growing gardens. To be nourished by our connection to nature, to be sustained by our own food and medicines, but also to be surrounded by beauty.
One of the garden beauties that really stole my heart this past growing season was, without competition, Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta). The flowers are so bright and enduring, and fill the heart with a Taurean-like sense of joy, generosity, and steadfastness.
A native wildflower common across Eastern and Central North America, Black-Eyed Susan makes a wonderful pollinator planting that can be found blooming with its warm golden-yellow flowers in full epicness from June perfectly through until frost. The flowers offer a source of nectar to bees, butterflies, and other insects, while the ripe seeds are loved by many bird species.
The plants have a variable life-cycle, behaving as either annuals, biennials, or perennials. Spring-started transplants will reliably act as annuals and bloom the first year. Plants will sometimes over winter (zones 3 and up) for several years in a row. The plants are self-seeders, so either way you can expect to have a continuous succession of blooms year after year to enjoy.
In their native habitat Black-Eyed Susan plants can be found growing in grassland prairies, meadows, rocky areas, and forest edges. They are incredibly drought tolerant and don’t require any fussing, besides a bit of water to get them established if spring rains aren’t abundant.
Though not commonly used in herbal medicine in modern times, studies have demonstrated that the root of many Rudbeckia species contains similar, and perhaps stronger, properties to Echinacea. The roots have been traditionally used by many indigenous groups in North America to boost immunity, prevent infection, and treat snakebite.
In addition to single packs, we how have bulk packs of this native wildflower now up in the shop, available in 1g and 5g sizes (limited quantity) ✨🌿
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is inching closer to licensing so-called "cannabis cafes" where individuals could smoke the drug in a communal setting, while also allowing for the home delivery of marijuana.
A panel studying both issues made several recommendations Wednesday on regulations which must still be approved by the full Cannabis Control Commission before any pot cafes or home delivery businesses can open.
When Massachusetts residents voted overwhelmingly in 2016 to approve the legalization of recreational marijuana, supporters wanted to make sure individuals who live in shared housing, apartment buildings or public housing could still have a place to use pot legally.
That led to the push for pot cafes — or "social use establishments" — where patrons could gather and legally use marijuana with friends.
The panel also recommended the state allow licenses for delivery-only marijuana businesses.
Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and law enforcement officials have raised concerns about pot cafes, saying they could pose a risk to public safety and public health.
The subcommittee approved language explicitly supporting the licensing of cannabis cafes in part by pointing to what they called the uneven enforcement of pot laws in the past. "In light of the need for cannabis consumers who live in public housing to have a legal place to exercise their right to smoke cannabis, and in light of the historic racial disparity in cannabis law enforcement in Massachusetts, social use establishments should be permitted so that consumers have a legal place to consume cannabis outside of their own homes," the subcommittee said in one of its recommendations.
Subcommittee member Andrea Cabral, who formerly served as Suffolk County sheriff and as the state's secretary of public safety, echoed the recommendations, saying it's a matter of fairness. "People want to have an equal opportunity to consume (marijuana)," Cabral said.
If approved, Massachusetts would be among the first states to allow the social consumption of marijuana at pot cafes.
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Il miele idrata in profondità e rende i capelli setosi al tatto,✨ favorendone una crescita sana. Trasforma i tuoi capelli da spenti, crespi e tendenti a spezzarsi a sani, lucidi e morbidi, sostentando il capello con vitamine, minerali e sostanze nutritive fondamentali per la loro bellezza.🍯🐝
This morning, Sonja Schröck, a Master Student from University of #Goettingen, #Germany, discussed her research on some impacts of land use on native
#pollinator diversity and its survival rate in #Sumatra. In the event held at Ruang Baca, Department of #Biology, Dr. Rika Raffiudin acted as a moderator. #bioipb
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2 4622 hours ago
Just tagged the last 32 bees! I can't believe we've sold so many in just 1 year. Shout-out to everyone who has supported me in any way, whether that be advice, a purchase, marketing, or just spreading the word. It means everything to me that I have been able to make this dream become a reality. Thank you all!
First Is Four Days Ago, Switched Over From Two T5 Panels To Eight @timbergrowlights COB LEDs. Looking Thin And Droopy
Second Is Today, They Have Adjusted To The New Spectrum And Intensity Of The LEDs. They're Filling In And Inching Towards A Proper Praying Stance
Third Is Also Today, After Taking Clone Cuttings, Considerable Defoliation, And Some Light Training
They Are In An Organic Living Soil Mix, And Have Only Been Given Water And @impellobio Tribus Microbes. Another Week Or So And These Girls Are Getting Flipped!
This radish paddock has finished flowering and the bees' pollination job here is done so it's time to bring them back home. Moving beehives needs to be done when the bees aren't out flying so we do it either on a rainy day or at night #beekeeperslife#latenightatwork