Investing in precious metals 101


  • Fri, May 09, 2014 - 11:47pm


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Whatever the honeybee lacks in efficiency probably makes up in volume. 30-70 thousand honeybees working an area vs. a few dozen mason bees, or a few hundred bumblebees is a different way to look at it.  Who wins? Probably depends on the flower. 

I use to do a lot of work in invasive plant control for several public and private groups, and what I learned from that work was that a large portion of the flowers outside that you think belong there, really shouldn't. Looking through a wildflower guide can sometimes be depressing.

Some of the most common birds are non-native, the common cottontail rabbit around here is non-native. Technically coyotes and opossums don't belong here, but they are here now. 

The forested landscape has changed dramatically in my area and it is evident by the stone walls, building foundations/wells, and old carriage roads that can be found. The average age of the trees and the species composition describes where the landscape is in succession, and you realize that none of the original forests are here.

Humans have altered the natural landscape so dramatically over the last several hundred years and it's sad, but it's also interesting to observe.

My point is that there are even non-native mason bees in the landscape. I looked it up, there are 140 mason bees in North America all specializing in different flowers and habitats. Osmia taurus seems to be a very competitive non-native mason bee, but there are others…

With non-native flowers comes non-native bees, flies, and other pollinators. Ecologically, New England is now a mix of New England/Europe/Japan/Western U.S.