Bee Notes


In this Issue:

  •  Sign up for cocoon cleaning classes
  •  Invasive insect spotted in Corvallis
  •  True facts about the Asian Giant Hornet

Signup is now available for cocoon cleaning classes!

Did you know that by caring for your mason bee cocoons you can triple the survival rate of your bees? Learn how to get rid of pests and parasites in your mason bees with our popular workshop, adapted just for 2020.

This year, classes will be held online. There will be a Cocoon Care demonstration movie that you can watch at your convenience. There will also be Q&A sessions held live via Zoom.

>>> RSVP for the Cocoon Care Q&A Session of your choice. Click the date you want to register. You will get a confirmation email with a link and passcode to join your session.

 Tuesday, Oct. 27 from noon until 1:00pm
Saturday, Nov. 7 at 10:00am until 11:00am
Thursday, Nov. 12 from noon until 1:00pm
Saturday, Nov. 14 at 2:00pm until 3:00pm

>>> NEXT: You will receive an email with a link to a Cocoon Care demonstration movie to watch on your own schedule anytime ahead of the Q&A. This will be where you get a detailed show and tell of bee life cycles, cocoon care techniques, and pests. Please view the video first, as that presentation will answer most of your questions.

>>> THEN: Join your Q&A session by Zoom or phone to ask any questions you may have.

Links to these sessions, along with more information about caring for BOB coming soon on our website, Linn Master Gardeners

Pest Alert:
Spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula)

Photo Credit Walthery,  via Wikimedia Commons

An invasive insect species specimen was discovered in a shipment of planters and pots, delivered at a Corvallis nursery. The shipment came from Pennsylvania, where the insect was first found in the US in 2014. The Oregon Department of Agriculture has detailed information on the species, which is a threat to fruit and nut trees and grape vines.

Click here for further information

Be on the watch, and report to your local Extension office or the Oregon Department of Agriculture if you find one.

Pest Alert:
Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia)

Photo Credit NUMBER7isBEST, via Wikimedia Commons

The media has had a field day with this invasive species, which has been spotted in the northwest corner of Washington State. But are these “Murder Hornets” truly the threat to humans that it seems? OSU Extension Catalog has a publication with the science, and nothing but the science.