Pollination and Bees

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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Fall in the Garden: Key Flowers for Bees and Fruits for Birds
Fall in the Garden: Key Flowers for Bees and Fruits for Birds - Workshops Workshops
Free
A beautiful garden should not end in summer! Learn which plants bloom and fruit in the fall, and how this is beneficial to our native pollinators and wildlife. More
Photo credit: Laurie Collins, Franklin County Master Gardener Volunteer
Monarch Mania - Workshops Workshops

Monarch Mania

08/25/2018

Chambersburg, PA

Free
Join in "Monarch Mania!" to gain a complete understanding of the beautiful Monarch Butterfly. More
Mark Krotulski, Penn State University
Master Gardener Native Plants for Pollinators - Workshops Workshops

Master Gardener Native Plants for Pollinators

07/14/2018

Waterfall, PA

$15.00
Join us for an outdoor class on native plants and pollinators, each participant will receive a native plant to take home! More
Pollinators on Solidago rigida (stiff goldenrod) Photo credit: Connie Schmotzer
Best Plants for Pollinators - News News

Best Plants for Pollinators

05/21/2018

Research conducted by Penn State Master Gardeners reveals the best plants to attract and support pollinators. Find out more through this article and accompanying pollinator fact sheets. More
This penstemon flower offers bees a landing pad and nectar guides. Photo by Connie Schmotzer
Pollination and Pollinators - Articles Articles

Pollination and Pollinators

Constance Schmotzer

Pollination is the transfer of pollen from the anthers of a flower to the stigma of the same flower or another flower. The result is the production of fertile seeds. More
A successful pollinator garden includes a diversity of plants. Photo by Connie Schmotzer
Planting Pollinator-Friendly Gardens - Articles Articles
One of the most important ways you can help pollinators is by provisioning your yard with plants that provide pollen and nectar. To attract butterflies, you will also need to include a variety of larval host plants for caterpillars to eat. More
Mason bee house. Photo credit: Dyan Eisenberger
Mason Bees in the Home Garden - Articles Articles
Learn about the importance of mason bees as pollinators and how to encourage their activity in your garden. More
Burnside Plantation Series: Creating a Monarch Way Station Adult Workshop
Burnside Plantation Series: Creating a Monarch Way Station Adult Workshop - Workshops Workshops
Free
Join the Lehigh and Northampton County Master Gardeners at Burnside Plantation's Pollinator Garden for a free workshop. More
Photo 1. Two type of bee hotels for stem nesters: (left) Box with cardboard straws and (right) wooden block with drilled holes. Photo credit: Margarita López-Uribe, Penn State
Spring Bees: Who Are They and Where Do They Live? - Articles Articles

Spring Bees: Who Are They and Where Do They Live?

Margarita López-Uribe, Ph.D.

While spring is the beginning of the beekeeping season, early blooming plants not only feed honey bees but also hundreds of native solitary bee species that emerge at around the same time. More
Monarch on Tithonia by Patti Coolsen, Penn State Master Gardener
Plant It and They May Come - Workshops Workshops

Plant It and They May Come

07/12/2018

New Bloomfield, PA

Free
Learn about different kinds of butterflies, beyond the familiar monarch, as well as the host and nectar plants that will attract them to your garden. More
Adam Ricci Butterfly Garden: Seed Collecting
Adam Ricci Butterfly Garden: Seed Collecting - Workshops Workshops

Adam Ricci Butterfly Garden: Seed Collecting

09/22/2018

Enola, PA

Free
The Adams Ricci Butterfly Garden is located near the Midway Pavilion at Adams Ricci Park, 100 E. Penn Drive, Enola, in East Pennsboro Township. More
Adams Ricci Butterfly Garden: Meet the Butterflies
Adams Ricci Butterfly Garden: Meet the Butterflies - Workshops Workshops
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The Adams Ricci Butterfly Garden is located near the Midway Pavilion at Adams Ricci Park, 100 E. Penn Drive, Enola, in East Pennsboro Township. More
Master Gardener Workshop Series: Honeybees
Master Gardener Workshop Series: Honeybees - Workshops Workshops

Master Gardener Workshop Series: Honeybees

10/10/2018

Kingston, PA

$5.00
Learn about honeybees and beekeeping in Northeastern Pennsylvania. More
Tracking the Health of Feral Honey Bees in Pennsylvania
Tracking the Health of Feral Honey Bees in Pennsylvania - Articles Articles
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. More
Waste watermelon on the edge of picnic grounds serves as a sugar buffet for honeybees and yellow jackets. Photo: T. Butzler, Penn State
Bees and Wasps: Foraging for Food in the Fall - Articles Articles
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. More
A Quick Reference Guide to Honey Bee Parasites, Pests, Predators, and Diseases
A Quick Reference Guide to Honey Bee Parasites, Pests, Predators, and Diseases - Articles Articles
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. More
Certify Your Pollinator-friendly Garden: Handout
Certify Your Pollinator-friendly Garden: Handout - Articles Articles
Bees and other pollinators are in trouble. This two-page piece gives gardeners tips on making their yards safe homes for pollinators. More
Certify Your Pollinator-friendly Garden: Flyer
Certify Your Pollinator-friendly Garden: Flyer - Articles Articles
Bees and other pollinators are in trouble. This one-page piece gives gardeners tips on making their yards safe homes for pollinators. More
Wild bees like this bumble bee are essential to Pennsylvania agriculture.
Conserving Wild Bees in Pennsylvania - Articles Articles

Conserving Wild Bees in Pennsylvania

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. More
Keeping Honey Bees
Keeping Honey Bees - Articles Articles
The honey bee’s plight has struck a sympathetic nerve with many folks. Maybe you’re one of them. More
Beekeeping 101
Beekeeping 101 - Online Courses Online Courses

Beekeeping 101

10

9 hours

$159.00
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. More
Purple Loosestrife
Purple Loosestrife - Videos Videos
Part 2, 6 minutes. More
Planting for Pollinators...
Planting for Pollinators... - Articles Articles
While springtime can often mean ants coming into the kitchen, other insects and animals are hard at work outside pollinating plants. More
Native Pollinators: A Promising Solution to an Emerging Crisis
Native Pollinators: A Promising Solution to an Emerging Crisis - Videos Videos

Native Pollinators: A Promising Solution to an Emerging Crisis

Ed Rajotte, Ph.D., Dave Biddinger, Ph.D.

9:15

Learn the importance of native pollinators in Pennsylvania. More
Long-blooming Perennials
Long-blooming Perennials - Articles Articles
A listing of perennial plants with long bloom times. More
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