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​Find past newsletter articles, press releases, and other media showcasing local agriculture, placed-based education, and conservation of natural resources in Sullivan County.

Petal Beds

I was at my garden early one morning and noticed bumblebees sleeping on flowers. Bumblebees usually nest in small colonies under the ground or near the ground. I read that they really like to take over old mouse nest because they have bedding inside. Bumblebees aren't the only bees that sleep on flowers. Bees found on a petal bed are possibly male bees that are not allowed back in the nest or females that got caught out when the temperature dropped and need to wait to warm up to go back to the nest. Flowers that are tubular in shape provide the most protection from cold temperatures. How sweet it would be to sleep on a flower!


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