Information on pollination and bees, including gardening for native pollinators, such as butterflies, hummingbirds and beneficial insects like moths and wasps. Tips on bee health, Beekeeping 101 and pollination requirements for fruits and nuts.
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By Margarita López-Uribe, Ph.D.
Dr. Margarita M. López-Uribe is leading a project to map feral bees and analyze their immune systems. If you are aware of an unmanaged honeybee colony, please let us know.
In the fall, bees and wasps are on the hunt for sweets or carbohydrates, the primary energy source that keeps them flying and active for other routine activities.
Flies in the family Syrphidae are helpful allies in the garden and in the greenhouse or nursery.
This brochure is a reference to common honey bee maladies, including varroa mite, tracheal mite, bee louse, skunks, bears, foulbrood, and nosema. It also includes references for more information.
Bees and other pollinators are in trouble. This two-page piece gives gardeners tips on making their yards safe homes for pollinators.
Bees and other pollinators are in trouble. This one-page piece gives gardeners tips on making their yards safe homes for pollinators.
By Mary Barbercheck, Ph.D., David Mortensen, Ph.D.
Wild bees, which include native and naturalized bees, pollinate a variety of crops. In areas of Pennsylvania, wild bees already provide the majority of pollination for some summer vegetable crops.
The honey bee’s plight has struck a sympathetic nerve with many folks. Maybe you’re one of them.
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This online course about the science and practice of beekeeping is for beginning beekeepers. It covers bee biology and behavior, hive management, equipment, bee products, and more.
While springtime can often mean ants coming into the kitchen, other insects and animals are hard at work outside pollinating plants.
A listing of perennial plants with long bloom times.
By Ed Rajotte, Ph.D., Dave Biddinger, Ph.D. Length9:15
Learn the importance of native pollinators in Pennsylvania.
There are numerous insects that can be considered “beneficial.”