Cottonwood Garden Bees

A Yellow Faced Bumble Bee in our garden (Bombus Vosnesenskii)
      We are fortunate to have many different types of bees and other pollinators in our garden including hover flies, butterflies, moths and 8 different types of wasps.

Hoverfly (Eristalis Tenax - Hoverfly also known as Dronefly because of it's resemblence to a honey bee)
      Our garden beekeeping began in 2011 and a few years back we created a beekeeping coop which permits gardeners to bring a hive to our apiary. Beekeeping today is very challenging with the introduction of pests and diseases from around the world and the exposure to toxins (pesticides).  The learning process is constant and requires a strong devotion by the beekeeper.

      As well as honey bees we also have native Blue Orchard Mason Bees and Leaf Cutter Bees in our apiary.  The garden apiary is home to the Strathcona Beekeepers Association and the Cottowood Garden Beekeeping Coop and supplies honey to the garden and the local foodbank.  The honey bees provide many benefits to the garden besides honey including increased food production from pollination and just beeing too darn cute.

Ethel enjoying a chive flower  (we have named all of our bees)

Our girls having way too much fun in a Peony flower

A few of the different types of Insects (Pollinators) in Cottonwood Garden

Yellow faced Bumble Bee
Green eyed Bembicini or Sand Wasp
Merodon Equestris (Large hover fly)
Polistes Domenula (European Paper Wasp)
Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly (Paplio Rutulus)
Western Bumblebee (Bombus Occidentalus)
Western Yellow Jacket Wasp Queen (Vespula Pensylvanica)
Resin Bee (Anthidiellum Notatum)
Hoverfly (Sericomyia)
Green Bottle Blow Fly (Calliphoridae)
Blue Blow Fly (Calliphora Vicina)
Orange Rumped Bumble Bee (Bombus Melanopygus)

Orange Rumped Bumble Bee (Showing her best feature)

Bombus Cottonwoodus (found only in Cottonwood Garden)

         For information on honey and native bees and plants check out our website at Strathcona Beekeepers.

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