GREAT LAKES, GREAT BEES

Michigan State University, Department of Entomology

This blog is dedicated to the amazingly diverse Michigan bees. Learn about past, current and future research projects related to both managed and wild bees. 

 

This blog is written and curated by members of the Isaacs Lab at Michigan State University. 

 

April 30, 2018

Spotted knapweed, or star thistle, Centaurea maculosa, is an invasive flowering plant that was first observed in Michigan in 1911 [2]. As an invasive, it is able to out-compete native species, it is environmentally detrimental, and difficult to extirpate. It can out-co...

April 15, 2018

In the spring, walking along the forest edge of a honey bee hive yard, it is not uncommon to see hundreds of bees all clumping together on a low branch. While it may be a familiar behavior to beekeepers, until last spring I had never seen anything like it.

From a distan...

April 12, 2018

Andrena are a genus of solitary bees commonly called mining bees due to their nesting behaviour. In contrast to the more familiar honey bees, which nest in aerial cavities, mining bees nest directly in the ground. When the spring arrives, look at patches of bare ground...

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