Monday, January 20, 2014

Update on berry bee numbers

We didn't make it to Corbett last spring, so the Sturms were on their own managing the bees.  We picked up their filled nests over the Thanksgiving holiday in 2013, and brought the nests to Idaho for cleaning.  We removed about 5 cups of O. aglaia cocoons, with about 570 cocoons per cup, for a total of about 2,800 cocoons.  At the end of the 2012 season we estimated a return of about 4,100 to 4,400 cocoons.  So, the number of bees has been declining over the past couple of years.