A Citizen Science Project Exploring Bee Biodiversity in Northern Colorado
Native Bee Watch Newsletter #20
Welcome to the Native Bee Watch Newsletter! This newsletter provides the current buzz on bee monitoring, tips for best practice observing, and other fun, educational resources. Enjoy! 
Bee Monitoring Schedule - Week of August 27th

Open spots for volunteers! Please sign up!

Wednesday, August 30th - Gardens at Spring Creek
  • Nicole D.
  • Kathy K.

Thursday, August 31st - Trial Gardens
  • Megan M.
  • Kathy K.

Friday, September 1st - Nix Farm
  • Suzy D.
  • Patrick H.

Email Lisa if you are available at Lisa.Mason@colostate.edu
Volunteers monitoring at the Trial Photos: Lisa Mason
Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Kandice! 

Kandice is monitoring bees for a second summer! She is full of energy and always eager to learn more. Here is a little more about Kandice: 

What is your background?

I am originally from Massachusetts and came to Colorado to go to school, and 20 years later, I am still here and still in school! I have a degree in Animal Science from CSU and spent time working in the dairy world and then doing a wide array of biomedical and toxicology research. But recently I switched gears and am a phlebotomist for UCHealth and studying to become a Medical Laboratory Technician, so I can work in a hospital lab.

Why do you enjoy volunteering?

Why not spend a couple hours outside, enjoying the sun, looking at cool bugs, and beautiful flowers? Who wouldn't want to do that? When Lisa first told me about her project, I thought it sounded awesome and of course I wanted to help. The bee project has been a lot of fun and I've learned a bunch!  I love the premise behind the citizen science project and feel it is a GREAT asset to the community. 

What is your favorite bee?

Orange banded bumble bee!! Love them!!

What is the coolest thing you have seen so far this summer? 

At the CSU Trial Garden we saw the largest hairy leg bee I had ever seen! All black with it's scopa full of pollen. It was super cool to see flying around! But every time I go out, there's something different: hummingbirds, beetles, or grasshoppers. It's always fun.
Bee of the Week -  European wool carder bee

Family - Megachilidae

Scientific Name- Anthidium manicatum

One characteristic that bees in the Megachilidae family (leafcutter, resin and mason bees) share is the special pollen-collecting hairs on the underside of their abdomen known as the scopa. When monitoring, we know this group as the hairy belly bee group. European wool carder bees are no exception. They have been frequent visitors this summer at all three gardens we are monitoring. This non-native bee scrapes the fine hairs off plants and uses them to line their cavity nest. Lamb's ear is a great example of a plant they use. Wool carder bees are polylectic and will forage on a variety of plant species.

Photo: M icaela Truslove
Plant of the Week - Cashmere sage

Scientific name: Phlomis cashmeriana

This durable and large perennial flower is native to Kashmir and the Western Himalayas. The flowers bloom early in summer with beautiful lavender-pink blossoms that are arranged in tight whorls on thin stems. The plant can grow up to heights around 3’ feet and widths around 18” inches across. Many bees, especially bumble bees have been spotted foraging on these beautiful flowers at the Trial Gardens! The experts at Plant Select ® recommend using this plant to border traditional gardens due to its large size. Click here for more information.
Source and photo:  Plant Select®
What's the Buzz? Pollinators in the News

An Alfalfa Leafcutting Bee’s First Meal is a Big Deal. Nutrition during the leafcutter bee's larval stage determines whether the bee's life cycle continues that summer, or if the bee overwinters and emerges the following summer.
Photo: Micaela Truslove
A striped sweat bee on blue mist spirea flowers at the Gardens on Spring Creek in late July, 2017. Photo: Lisa Mason
Native Bee Watch: A Citizen Science Project Exploring Bee Biodiversity in Northern Colorado

Website: nativebeewatch.wordpress.com  Contact: Lisa Mason at Lisa.Mason@ColoState.edu