[NAFEX] bumble bee as pollinator

Michael Glassford glassfordm at hotmail.com
Mon Apr 21 15:44:45 EDT 2003


They're very fond of catnip here, too.

Mike


Lon J. Rombough wrote:
>> I've been around bumblebees all my life here.  I even find it useful
>> to 
>> plant borage to encourage them in the garden as they pollinate beans
>> and 
>> peas to give better set.  Guess the species here are just less
>> aggressive. 
>> Of course I used to keep bees, so stinging insects don't bother me
>> that 
>> much.
>> -Lon Rombough
>> 
>> From: "Bruce Hansen" <brucehansen at acd.net>
>> Reply-To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
>> Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2003 15:06:36 -0400
>> To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
>> Subject: RE: [NAFEX] bumble bee as pollinator
>> 
>> Ah! Life must be easy in Oregon. I know a bumble bee and I suspect
>> you have 
>> never bothered a nest. Sweat bees (underground) are also aggressive
>> but 
>> usually if I run fast they give up in a few yards. Although, when
>> watering 
>> some new trees last summer I disturbed a nest (flooded), a few of
>> them kept 
>> up the chase for 30 or so yards.
>> 
>> Bruce
>> 
>> 
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