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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

Thanks Be to the Squash Bee

Squash bee inside pumpkin blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you’re having pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pancakes and pumpkin pie today (Thanksgiving), you can thank a squash bee. The photos posted below are genus Peponapis, common name "squash bee." They emerge in mid- to late summer, nest in the ground, and...

Squash bee inside pumpkin blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Squash bee inside pumpkin blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Squash bee inside pumpkin blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of the tiny squash bee, genus Peponapis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of the tiny squash bee, genus Peponapis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of the tiny squash bee, genus Peponapis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

These are the work of a squash bee: from left, a large gourd, a small pumpkin and a large pumpkin. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
These are the work of a squash bee: from left, a large gourd, a small pumpkin and a large pumpkin. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

These are the work of a squash bee: from left, a large gourd, a small pumpkin and a large pumpkin. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 7:12 AM
Tags: gourd (1), Peponapis (1), pumpkin (1), squash (2), squash bee (7)

Applause for the Pollinators

ORNAMENTAL--A bumble bee visiting a rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Let's have a pause--and applause--for the pollinators. Next week, June 18-24, is National Pollinator Week, as designated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). That means, says Pollinator Partnership, that it's time to celebrate all our...

ORNAMENTAL--A bumble bee visiting a rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
ORNAMENTAL--A bumble bee visiting a rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

ORNAMENTAL--A bumble bee visiting a rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

VEGETABLE--A squash bee nestled in a squash blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
VEGETABLE--A squash bee nestled in a squash blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

VEGETABLE--A squash bee nestled in a squash blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey

FRUIT--Honey bees battling over a pomegranate blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
FRUIT--Honey bees battling over a pomegranate blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

FRUIT--Honey bees battling over a pomegranate blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, June 15, 2012 at 9:22 PM

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