Spring is here and bees are starting to fly across the foothills and plains. For these early season bees, finding flowers can sometimes be a real challenge. Although they are exotic, dandelions still provide an early source of pollen for many bees including honey bees and native bees. They are also a good nectar source for the male mason bee above.
I am a researcher at CU-Boulder leading a USDA funded project looking at native bee diversity in agricultural landscapes of eastern Colorado. Please enjoy your visit and contact me if you have any questions.