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. 

 

This post was originally published on the pollinators.msu.edu website: https://pollinators.msu.edu/resources/beekeepers/shouldyoukeepbees/

In Michigan, we have a lovely rare bird called the Kirtland Warbler.  It used to be endangered, but with decades of habitat restora...

This article was originally posted on the Michigan Sentinel Apiary Blog, on Dec. 23, 2019

As part of the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) Sentinel Apiary program, the MSU Honey Bee Program monitors apiaries throughout Michigan. Each month, we took notes on our colonies an...

July 11, 2018

If you’ve been keeping up with previous posts on the Great Lakes, Great Bees Blog, you already know that bees are very diverse and also very important for our crops and natural ecosystems. In fact, there are over 20,000 bee species in the world and over 450 different b...

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...

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Pollinator Planting (photo cred: Kelsey Graham)