In late summer – early fall it’s not unusual to find what is commonly known as the black and yellow garden spiders in your garden. Some call it a Writing Spider. This is because of the obvious zig-zag stitch always found the in the center of their awesome web. Are black and yellow garden spiders […]
Every fall the Maine State Beekeepers’ Association holds their annual conference with a day filled with presentations from experienced beekeepers or notable scientists. Megan Leech is a masters’ student studying native bees under Frank Drummond at the University of Maine. She’s looking to see if bees are foraging for flowers that offer good nutrition and […]
Good bug; bad bug which is it? There are many native insects that play a major role in pollinating your crops. Learn to recognize the good guys, attract them to your gardens, and keep them there.
If you aren’t sure it’s worth the trouble to go out of your way to support the populations of native bees and local pollinators on and around your farm–there are many benefits (including financial profitability) to encourage their numbers.
Most often when talking about pollinators, we think of the honeybee–however the honeybee is not native to North America; what’s more–there are some 200,000 species of animals world-wide who contribute to the pollination of plants.