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Stingless bees/alternative polinators
« on: March 01, 2014, 07:09:53 PM »
Hi All - I thought I heard something about stingless bees in one of the podcasts.  Does anybody remember that or did I just dream it?  I'm starting to make plans for this year's garden and the start of a food forest here on the CO prairie and I'm thinking I'll need something to pollinate.  I'm reluctant to establish honeybee hives because our neighbor has said she's allergic.
So, I'm hoping someone can point me to the stingless bees or provide some ideas for alternative critters to pollinate my stuff.
Thanks!
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Re: Stingless bees/alternative polinators
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2014, 07:22:22 PM »
First I've ever heard of stingless bees. 

But there are hundreds of different pollinators.  Just because you don't have a honeybee hive doesn't mean you will not have pollinated plants.  I've been gardening at this house for 4 years and had decent success.  I didn't have honeybees until this past Summer.
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Re: Stingless bees/alternative polinators
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2014, 07:33:09 PM »
You can also keep epinephrine on hand for any allergic reactions.  There is a deal to get them for free ($0 copayment).  The information is at these two links:

http://mylifeandkids.com/how-to-get-free-epipens/#_a5y_p=1057560
https://activatemysavings.com/epipen/

It says it's good through December 31st, 2014.  So stock up!  Just be sure to understand that it is not without side effects.  Our plan is to have it on hand, but to only use it when directed to by the 911 dispatcher.
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Re: Stingless bees/alternative polinators
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2014, 09:04:15 PM »
You may be thinking of Mason Bees?  The are active pollinators for about 8 weeks in the spring.  They are dormant the rest of the year and will not supply any honey.  You can easily build mason bee houses out of block of wood.  That will increase their population in your area.

http://www.crownbees.com/life-cycle-of-the-mason-bee/
http://www.nwf.org/How-to-Help/Garden-for-Wildlife/Gardening-Tips/Build-a-Bee-House.aspx

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Re: Stingless bees/alternative polinators
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2014, 06:26:25 AM »
It looks like you just drill holes in to some wood 5/16 wide by 3 1/2 deep and hang. The nicer ones got tubes in a frame so if you got bamboo cut it in to tubes with one end closed get a bundle of them and duck tape.or put them in a nice looking boxlike the ones you see if you Google it.http://www.thegreenhead.com/imgs/mason-bee-house-1.jpg
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Re: Stingless bees/alternative polinators
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2014, 07:20:54 AM »
Great suggestions - thanks!
@urwhaueat & christphrmurray - Mason Bees is what I was thinking about.  Thanks much for the outstanding resource links!
@flippydidit - my neighbor just got laid off so free epipens will be right up her alley.
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Re: Stingless bees/alternative polinators
« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2017, 08:55:01 AM »
Update Nov 2017.  I bought Mason Bees and Leafcutter Bees from Crown Bees in 2014.  I live in a very dry place and am not near any water, so after 2 years of actively stewarding Mason Bees I took the "colony" down to a local streambed and let Nature take its course.

The Leafcutters have THRIVED, doubling each year.  My wife's roses look a little funny with holes cut out of the leaves, but we now have 4 colonies distributed across our property and EVERYTHING has a chance to get pollinated.

This thread was very helpful, and Crown Bees had the education, materials, a bees that made it fairly easy.  If you're reading this thread and want great pollinators I'd strongly encourage you to check out Crown Bees.
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Re: Stingless bees/alternative polinators
« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2017, 11:47:07 AM »
There's some interesting information on that site.

https://crownbees.com/alternative-to-honey-bees/