Not surprisingly, there’s wide diversity among Georgia’s native bees. Besides bumble bees and carpenter bees, there are mason bees, sweat bees, squash bees, leaf-cutter bees, blueberry bees, mining bees and others. Some species, such as the bumble bee, are social insects, but most species, such as the carpenter bee, are solitary. Some species sting; others don’t.
About 80 percent of bees are generalists, sustaining themselves on many plants. The other 20 percent are specialists, relying only on one or two plants. For instance, the common little pink-and-white Georgia wildflower known as spring-beauty, now in bloom, is pollinated by the spring beauty bee, whose larvae feed only on the flower‘s pink pollen.
IN THE SKY: From David Dundee, Tellus Science Museum astronomer: The moon will be in its first quarter on Wednesday morning. Mercury is very low in the east just before sunrise. Venus is low in the west at dusk and sets about two hours later — and will appear near the moon tonight. Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are low in the east about three hours before dawn.