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Solitary lives of cactus bees contrast with honey bees

On a June afternoon, while hiking on Flagstaff Mountain, I paused at a convergence of trails to consider my path into the future. But I never made a choice, for the buzzing of bees distracted me. At first, I thought I had discovered a hive of honeybees, but a closer look revealed an aggregation of solitary bees.

Jun 20, 2021 by Colorado Arts & Sciences Magazine Archive
Nature Blogs
Yucca Cacti Theft Illuminates Mexico's Hidden Plant Trafficking Problem

Theft of yucca cacti from indigenous communities in Mexico's northwestern state of Baja California for export is reportedly accelerating, underscoring the silent issue of plant trafficking in the country. Indigenous communities in the municipality of Ensenada have raised alarm about the continuing theft of yucca, a plant on which they are economically reliant, from reserves, apás, Kiliwas and Paipai communities according to El Universal.

Oct 11, 2020 by Alessandro Ford
Botany & Horticulture Blogs
Busting Cactus Smugglers in the American West

How undercover agents infiltrated the global black market for cacti Yevgeny Safronov and the four tourists landed in Los Angeles on a 70-degree dream of a day last May. They were Czechs, Slovaks, and Russians, here on vacation. It was a holiday, so the banks and much of government had closed, but not all of it.

Jun 28, 2019 by J. Weston Phippen via The Atlantic
Botany & Horticulture Blogs
Why You shouldnt Water or Fertilize Cacti in the Evening

In this video I explain why it is not recommend to water or fertilize your plants in the evening or during the night. I also show some of the problems that cactus breeders are faced with.

Jun 04, 2019 by Cactus Jerk
Botany & Horticulture Blogs

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