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Happy National Squash Bee Day!

Squash bee, Peponapis pruinosa, inside a squash blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

In case you missed it, today was National Pumpkin Day. But it ought to be National Squash Bee Day, because the squash bee (my favorite species is Peponapis pruinosa) is an important pollinator of squash and pumpkins.  A little bit about the squash...

Squash bee, Peponapis pruinosa, inside a squash blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Squash bee, Peponapis pruinosa, inside a squash blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Squash bee, Peponapis pruinosa, inside a squash blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 5:44 PM

Why the Squash Bee Is Important

Squash bee, Peponapis pruinosa, on a squash blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Peponapis pruinosa isn't your common household word. But among the people who study pollinators, it is. Also known as a squash bee, it is an important pollinator of cultivated crops of squash, pumpkins, and others members of the...

Squash bee, Peponapis pruinosa, on a squash blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Squash bee, Peponapis pruinosa, on a squash blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Squash bee, Peponapis pruinosa, on a squash blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The squash bee, Peponapis pruinosa, is a specialist, pollinating only the Cucurbita genus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The squash bee, Peponapis pruinosa, is a specialist, pollinating only the Cucurbita genus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The squash bee, Peponapis pruinosa, is a specialist, pollinating only the Cucurbita genus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, June 2, 2014 at 10:09 PM

All About Pollination

Squash bee, Peponapis pruinosa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pollination--what should we know? How can we attract pollinators to our gardens and agricultural landscapes? Rachael Long, Yolo County farm advisor and director of the Yolo County Cooperative Extension  program, has lined up a group of outstanding...

Squash bee, Peponapis pruinosa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Squash bee, Peponapis pruinosa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Squash bee, Peponapis pruinosa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Leafcutting bee, Megachile fidelis, on Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Leafcutting bee, Megachile fidelis, on Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Leafcutting bee, Megachile fidelis, on Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sunflower bee, Svastra obliqua expurgata. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Sunflower bee, Svastra obliqua expurgata. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sunflower bee, Svastra obliqua expurgata. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Squash Blossom Special

Male squash bee nestled inside a squash blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Male squash bees know just where to sleep--inside a squash blossom. If you're growing squash and you head out to your garden just after sunrise, you'll probably see the males fast asleep, waiting for visiting females to arrive. They're native bees,...

Male squash bee nestled inside a squash blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Male squash bee nestled inside a squash blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Male squash bee nestled inside a squash blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Male squash bee wide awake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Male squash bee wide awake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Male squash bee wide awake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of tongue of male squash bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of tongue of male squash bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of tongue of male squash bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Yellow Blossom Special

A squash bee, Peponapis pruinosa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

They're up and at it long before the honey bees. Before dawn breaks, you'll see the tiny bees gathering nectar and pollen in squash, pumpkins and other cucurbits. They're squash bees (Peponapis pruinosa), sometimes called the plush bee. Unlike...

A squash bee, Peponapis pruinosa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A squash bee, Peponapis pruinosa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A squash bee, Peponapis pruinosa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, July 3, 2009 at 7:53 PM
 
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