Tag Archives: pollinators

Question of the Week: Leafcutter Bee

Last week the question was:  What made this nearly perfect circle in this leaf? This was done by a leafcutter bee.  These are common native pollinators in South Carolina.  Leafcutter bees are solitary bees and make their nests in cavities … Continue reading

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Rapeseed Bolting

Its been a warm winter and the rapeseed is really starting to bolt.  We are probably 3 weeks earlier than we were last year.  That could be concerning if we get a hard freeze in the next few weeks. Some … Continue reading

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Rapeseed Starting to Bolt

We’ve had a solid week now of slightly above average temperatures and its feeling like an early spring.  The pine pollen is really falling and turning everything yellow and the rapeseed fields will also be turning yellow shortly. Its hard to … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Poor Pollination

Here is this week’s question:  Why is this greenhouse cucumber shaped like this? This cucumber is the result of poor pollination.  Here is a great description of pollination and pollination problems from the Missouri Botanical Gardens:  “Cucurbits are monoecious; there … Continue reading

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Rapeseed in Full Bloom

Rapeseed is in full bloom now and setting lots of pods.  Here is a field Clemson Extension Agent Trish Dehond and I looked at this week in Dillon County. Below you can see the young pods.  When they mature, we … Continue reading

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Pre-Harvest Strawberry Insects

Strawberries are now in the pre-harvest stage.  They’re blooming and and just beginning to develop berries.  Below is a bloom waiting on some pollinators to come along.  To the left of it is a flower bud which has been pollinated and has just … Continue reading

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