Tag: Insects

Honey bees love crocuses

Honey bees (Apis mellifera) love crocuses, but only if the crocuses are producing nectar and pollen, as well as having a detectable scent. Unfortunately, many hybrids may not have pollen, nectar, or scent because these traits have been bred out of them. So, if…

July jungle

July jungle. I started the month of July thinking how much the gardens had become a jungle. Particularly the old apple tree area, seen in the photos above, which was fast getting overrun with weeds. Just to be clear, the sunflowers and the bee…

Hemlock woolly adelgids

Hemlock woolly adelgids (Adelges tsugae).   The eastern hemlocks (Tsuga canadensis) are infested with hemlock woolly adelgid (uh-del-jid). Help. The white cottony wax shown in the photos above are a hibernation stage for immature nymphs. As soon as we noticed the white cottony wax stuff,…

Beneficial insects

Beneficial insects, or natural enemies. In Four-Season Harvest, Eliot Coleman describes a visit to a French greenhouse grower, Monsieur Audier. In the middle of a 2-acre glass greenhouse, M. Audier keeps an insectary, where both beneficial and pest insects are kept side by side. M….