September 23, 2023

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“Bee” on the lookout for native bees this summer

Ken Johnson

Ken Johnson

JACKSONVILLE — Now that we’re nicely into Could, many landscapes are entire of blooming plants and the buzz of bees. When you point out bees to most persons, images of golden-yellow honey bees occur to brain. Even so, there is a good deal much more to bees than honey bees. In point, there are in excess of 20,000 bee species globally and around 500 species of bees native to Illinois.

Although honey bees reside in colonies that can get to 60,000 persons and bumble bees stay in colonies that can get to 400 men and women, most of our indigenous bees (90%) are solitary bees. As opposed to honey and bumble bees that have a division of labor where by a queen lays eggs and her offspring execute careers these types of as caring for younger, foraging, and so forth., solitary female bees do all of those work opportunities by on their own.

Most (70%) of our native solitary bees nest in the ground. Although others may possibly nest in wooden, hollow or pithy branches. Once a woman has selected a locale, she will produce nest cells. Within these cells, she will spot a ball of pollen blended with nectar and lay an egg on it. When the egg hatches, the larva will feed on the pollen ball. Frequently, these bees will not emerge right until the subsequent year.

Some of the extra popular native bees in Illinois are:

Bumble bees – Bumble bees get their title thanks to the excitement they develop when amassing pollen. They are social bugs, and colonies can have 50-400 men and women.  Colonies will die off at the conclude of summer months, and mated queens will hibernate.  They are cavity nesters and are lively from spring by late slide. They are huge bees that are bushy with yellow, black, white, brown, or orange bands.

Jap carpenter bee – Japanese carpenter bees are frequently considered pests for the reason that they frequently construct nests in the wooden of residences and other structures (painting wood can avert this). They are lively from spring by fall.  Due to their significant sizing, they mostly visit substantial and open-faced bouquets. They look identical to bumble bees. On the other hand, they are larger sized, and the top of their abdomens are bare, black, and shiny.

Leafcutter bees – These bees slice pieces of leaves or petals to line the partitions of their nests. They are solitary nesting and make their nests in pre-present wooden and other plant cavities. Leafcutter bees are lively from early to late summer months. They are medium to significant bees, with smoky coloured stout bodies with pale bands on their abdomen.

Sweat bees – Lots of species are attracted to human sweat that they will take in for its salt, as a result their popular title.  Most sweat bees nest in the ground.  Sweat bees can be found from spring through tumble, with most species getting energetic throughout the summer season.  They are tiny to medium-sized bees and are usually brightly coloured and metallic, with hues ranging from inexperienced to crimson and yellow.

Other native bees consist of yellowfaced bees, mason bees, modest carpenter bees, longhorned bees, mining bees, cellophane bees, and squash bees.

Like honey bees, indigenous bees are also essential pollinators. In a lot of circumstances, they are far more effective and productive pollinators compared to honey bees, particularly when it arrives to indigenous vegetation. So, choose a minute to quit and take pleasure in our native bees.

Fantastic Expanding Idea of the Week: Native bees are generally much a lot more hesitant to sting when compared to honey bees and wasps, frequently only stinging when squished or handled.

This report initially appeared on The McDonough County Voice: Indigenous bees aid pollinate gardens