Tomorrow marks the beginning of the GTM Research Reserve native bee survey for 2012. We will be surveying the Guana River Wildlife Management Area and the scrub habitat west of A1A in the northern part of the reserve. In the south we will survey Moses Creek Conservation Area and Princess Place Preserve.
I'm excited to get back out into the field again and excited to catch those bees! With the mild winter many plants have begun to flower already, including hog plum, red bud, and yellow thistle. Keep your eyes open in your gardens for the busy bees!
I surveyed an organic blueberry farm last week and had at least 7 species of native bees visiting the blueberry blossoms. Check the pic below to see a southeastern blueberry bee (Habropoda laboriosa) female in action!