Wildlife Botanical Gardens Newsletter

Fall 2015 Newsletter

Bee Time

By Brigg Franklin, “Bee Herder”

With fall fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about our Mason Bees and preparing them for winter. Last spring after the female bees laid their eggs and then disappeared, those eggs hatched and new larvae emerged. The larvae, or grubs, spent the next few months eating the nectar and pollen in their mud chambers and growing. By midsummer, the now fat larvae stopped eating and began to spin cocoons inside of which they then changed by metamorphosis from pupae into adult bees. With fall, the bees will now be in...