These cute little males emerged in late March when I was sorting cocoons to put outside in the nesting house. The antenna preening is my favorite part.
That's the last bee pun, I promise!
Welcome to the blog for my new enterprise, BeesGoneWild! It's a business that lets me share my interest in and love of pollinators - specifically gentle, solitary bees - with other interested people and gives me an excuse to stand outside for hours and watch my gardens. BeesGoneWild started out as the Indiana Pollinator Project, an outreach effort I created in partnership with the Montessori School of Greater Lafayette. When I left the Montessori school in May, I still had all the contacts and the resources from the Pollinator Project, but no longer had the non-profit affiliation. So I started BeesGoneWild. I plan to continue to support the people who got started with native bees through our West Lafayette farmers market booth and invite new native beekeepers into the fold.
My primary focus is education and outreach to show people what bees do, why they are important to our food supply, and how we can help ensure their survival. I host native bee workshops for a small registration fee and I also sell nesting supplies and educational materials at farmers markets and through this website. Please send me an email if you share my interest in pollinators or check out my calendar on the events page and visit me at an upcoming event.