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Domestication of alfalfa leaf-cutter bees

by G. A. Hobbs

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Published by Canada Department of Agriculture in Ottawa .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Alfalfa leafcutting bee,
  • Beekeeping,
  • Apidae,
  • Mégachile de la luzerne

  • Edition Notes

    Statement/ G. A. Hobbs
    SeriesPublication (Canada. Dept. of Agriculture) -- 1313, Publication / Canada Department of Agriculture -- 1313
    ContributionsCanada. Dept. of Agriculture
    The Physical Object
    Pagination19 p. :
    Number of Pages19
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL25218497M

      leafcutter bees are native bees, important as pollinators. Leafcutter bees are not aggressive and have a mild sting that is used only when they are handled. Leafcutter bees cut the leaves of plants. The cut leaf fragments are used to form nest cells. Leafcutter bees nest in soft, rotted wood or in the stems of large, pithy plants, such as roses. This means the alfalfa leafcutting bees can hatch in around six weeks. I picked up a solitary bee today and put it in my hand. It just sat there as I studied it. I could never have done that with one of my honey bees. Alfalfa leafcutting bees are much more gentle than honey bees. I wonder if it is because they don't have a hive to defend.

      The damage leaf cutter bees cause to plants is strictly aesthetic. The plant does not really suffer from the attack, largely because it already produces more leaves that it really needs to thrive. Moreover, when the bees cut out sections of a few leaves, this stimulates the plant to produce more.   Leaf cutting bee coming home. You probably don’t know it, but the pollination of alfalfa improved after the s, when the leaf cutter bee from Asia (Megachile rotundata) entered the United States by ly, more alfalfa flowers got into seed and farmers began to reproduce these solitary bees and to create appropriate nesting boxes for them.

    Without leafcutter bees, our alfalfa seed fields would be only hay fields. Alfalfa flowers have to be “tripped” to be pollinated to produce seed. The leafcutter bee is the only domesticated bee that will reliably pollinate alfalfa in our climate. We started with these bees in , growing alfalfa seed and producing leafcutter bees.   But diapause in alfalfa leafcutting bees is of particular interest because non-diapausing bees are a headache for beekeepers and farmers, says lead researcher Brielle Fischman, Ph.D., visiting professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and an alumna of the PEEC, where she conducted this research along with co-authors Theresa Pitts-Singer.


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Domestication of alfalfa leaf-cutter bees by G. A. Hobbs Download PDF EPUB FB2

texts All Books All Texts latest This Just In Smithsonian Libraries FEDLINK (US) Genealogy Lincoln Collection. National Emergency Domestication of alfalfa leaf-cutter bees by Hobbs, G. A; Canada.

Dept. of Agriculture. Publication date Topics Alfalfa leafcutting bee, Apidae, Beekeeping, Mégachile de la luzernePages: Domestication of Alfalfa Leaf- cutter Bees G. Hobbs Research Station, Lethbridge, Alberta Farmers in warm, dry regions of Canada have a good chance to regain domestic and export markets for alfalfa seed.

This can be done because we now have a pollinator we can manage— the alfalfa leaf-cutter bee (Mega- chile rotundata F.). C P c.3 Domestication of Alfalfa Leaf-cuttor1%**Sb** =ARTMENTOFAGRICULTUREPUBLICATION M.

Bees raised in Canada are mostly free of chalkbrood disease and pollen balls and, thus, are very important for sustaining healthy populations of leafcutting bees for alfalfa seed production in the United States.

Alfalfa leafcutting bees are also be used to pollinate canola, carrots, and melons. Female ALCB. OF ALFALFA LEAFCUTTER BEES Saskatchewan Alfalfa Seed Producers Association By mid-August, alfalfa leafcutter bee females begin to die off and the population working in the field gradually dec reases.

Ea ch fe male bee has pro duced many pro geny, filling and cap ping sev eral tun nels, whic h is evidenced by the filled nest blocks piled in the File Size: 60KB.

Cost of Using the Alfalfa Leafcutting Bee. Costs will vary depending on the price of bees per gallon and the amount and the type of equipment used. Your minimum investment will include: Alfalfa leafcutting bees. On average bees have cost $45 to $50 per gallon for the past 10 years.

We recommend a stocking rate of two gallons per acre. The alfalfa leafcutting bee, Megachile rotundata F., is used extensively to pollinate alfalfa for seed production in western North America. However, it usually is not possible to sustain bee. The potential of the alfalfa leafcutter bee, Megachile rotundata (F.), to pollinate legume forage crops, other than alfalfa, was plant species were evaluated using 3 treatments (caged with leafcutter bees, open pollinated, and pollinator excluded).

Male alfalfa leafcutter bees are overall brighter in color and have green eyes and longer antennae. In general, megachile rotundata emerge later in the summer when temperatures are in the 80°’s F (25°’s C).

Plan the emergence of your leafcutter bees for when the temperatures are warm enough and your garden’s flowers are blooming. Originally from Europe, our summer leafcutter bees have been pollinating alfalfa seed fields since the s.

Now backyard gardeners and farmers can also easily raise leafcutter bees to grow more food while improving their crop’s bee diversity%(1). W henever I write about leafcutters, someone from the Entomological Society of America writes to remind me that the official common name is “leafcutting” bees.

To me, the phrase “official common name” is an oxymoron. The official name is the Latin scientific name, and the common name is. Honey Bee Suite is dedicated to honey bees, beekeeping, wild bees, other pollinators, and pollination ecology.

It is designed to be informative and fun, but also to remind readers that pollinators throughout the world are endangered. In the 's when commercial scale populations of alfalfa leafcutter bees (ALBs) became available, alfalfa seed production improved dramatically.

Currently, Canada produces 4 billion ALB's per year which are used to service domestic and international alfalfa. Megachile rotundata (or the alfalfa leafcutter bee) is a species native to Eurasia that was introduced into the United States after the ’s because of a drop in seed production.

This bee was brought into the US to increase pollination yields of Alfalfa for seed because honey bees are not the best pollinators of the crop.

Leafcutter Bees at Work. who went to Europe as soldiers in WWI took notice of alfalfa fields being pollinated by wild populations of leafcutter bees.

This led to the semi-domestication of the species for commercial use in North America. Leaf cutter bees remain close to home collecting pollen and nectar within metres or so of their.

Starting the 28 day process to incubate 8 million Leaf cutting Bees in our new incubation room. General Facts: Megachile Rotunda or Alfalfa Leafcutter Bee belong to the family Megachilidae and are members of the Megachile genus.

Leaf cutters are non-agressive, non- colonizing solitary bees that Pollinate alfalfa, gardens, and flowers. They are fuzzy with thin yellow/gray stripes down the abdomen and the underside is gray.

Alfalfa Leaf cutter Bees (Megachile rotunda) leaf cutter bees: Megachile rotunda (or the horse feed leaf cutter honey bee) is a species local to Eurasia that was brought into the United States.

Leafcutter bees are the bee of choice when it comes to pollinating alfalfa. They are aboveground nesters and good pollinators, which favour alfalfa nectar. According to Bob Mennie, production manager of Mennie Bee Farms Inc., near Parkside, Sask., leafcutter bees are “easy to handle and tend to stay close to where the shelters are.”.

Alfalfa Leaf-Cutter Bee Management for Alfalfa Pollination in South Dakota By R. Walstrom and P. Jones, Agricultural Experiment Station entomologists, South Dakota State University The alfalfa leaf-cutter bee, Meg­ achile rotundata (Fabricius), was introduced into South D a k o t a from Utah in for alfalfa polli­ nation : R.

Walstrom, P. Jones. Megachile rotundata, the alfalfa leafcutting bee, is a European bee that has been introduced to various regions around the world. As a solitary bee species, it does not build colonies or store honey, but is a very efficient pollinator of alfalfa, carrots, other vegetables and some : Insecta.Alfalfa Leafcutter Bees.

Alfalfa leafcutter bees (Megachile rotundata) are solitary bees raised by beekeepers for pollination. They are better at pollinating alfalfa than honeybees and are now being used to pollinate other crops, such as blueberries.

Unlike honeybees, alfalfa leafcutter bees live alone in a small nesting hole.Leafcutter bees, common pollinators for alfalfa seed in the Pacific Northwest and for hybrid canola in Canada, have put some growers back in the alfalfa seed business.

“We grew alfalfa seed in and and didn’t do well,” said John Diener, a Five Points grower who resumed growing the seed seven years ago because of the added.