[NAFEX] nafex Digest, Vol 78, Issue 73
lewisn at georgetown.edu
Fri Jul 31 10:06:25 EDT 2009
Re: Honey bee question
Are you sure your honeybees are at all interested in blueberries? I have
never seen a honeybee on mine, and I have three hives about 5 feet away
from them. Rather, they seem to attract bumblebees. Blackberries are
attractive to honeybees. I believe the reason honeybees are successful
in pollinating commercial fields of blueberries is because that is all
they have to eat there: they must work the blueberries or starve.
Generally early in the spring and summer honeybees will focus on things
like black locust, tulip poplar (at least here in MD) and ignore
Regarding moving hives into a caged plot of blueberries, there is a
saying in beekeeping that you either move a hive 2 feet or 2 miles.
Otherwise returning bees will get lost.
A cage around blueberries is a good idea, but to keep birds out, not
> Is it possible to put a honeybee hive inside the enclosure during bloom?
> I think this is sometimes done for crops requiring insect pollination
> when cross-pollination is not desired because the seed of the
> particular variety is to be saved, but the area from which seed is to
> be saved is small enough to cover but large enough for the bees to be
> OK inside it for a couple of weeks.
> If you don't keep bees yourself, a local beekeeper might be willing to
> do this for you, possibly in exchange for either cash or berries.
> Finger Lakes NY; zone 5 mostly
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