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CC Ridge - 2011

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After two years away from the Crest, due to the fires of August 2009, we were allowed to access. The ground cover had grown, requiring us to do a two day work session with added man-power: clearing the ground, repairing the fence, replacing the ground 100 feet of fence wire which had been clipped/cut and stolen, adding cement footing for fence posts, clearing the 3+ft perimeter around the site, setting up new battery and solar panel for electric fence, new 50 gallon water drum -

Site overgrown - 2 years Replacing stolen groound fence around the perimeter New fence and ground wire woodchips floats in water drum New fence cement build-up side Looking toward civilization

The ground bee is actually one of the more peaceful bees of the world and they are not aggressive at all. Commonly, you will probably not even notice these small bees, or their two inch mound of loose soil nest, as that is all they need in order to dig under to make their nest for the queen bee. Once the queen is inside of the burrow, she will make several tunnels and create all sorts of entries and exits in order to be ready for anything, the female will also create several horizontal tunnels and chambers which she will then lay one single egg at the end of each one.

They do burrow themselves under the dirt and make their nest underground.

In the spring time, you may begin to notice that there are far more bees coming up from the ground and the reason for that is because all ground bees hatch from the ground in the spring time and go about their business! These bees are the type that pollinates flowers and vegetables and they are definitely of the mellow kind. http://www.about-bees.com/ground-bees.html

Ground bees Ground bees under ground fence wire Ground bee with open holes Ground bees Raised bee towers

Mealy bugs belong to the same plant sucking insect family as aphids, scale insects and white flies. They all can produce live babies from their bodies. Sometimes it seems like one female (and they're almost all females) can give birth to 100 young a day. They can also lay eggs. In the case of mealy bugs, these eggs last for a very long time! They can lay their eggs in a piece of rotten wood or on the outside of a pot. They hatch months or even years later. Male mealy bugs look like little white flies and don't live very long, just long enough to fertilize the female so that she can lay some eggs for the future of her race. Female mealies are mobile for a short period of time and once they've found a spot to feed they settle down and never move again; they emit a tight web of fluffy cotton as protection and begin to produce babies. They can get very fat inside their "cocoons." http://www.cssainc.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=346&Itemid=212

Mealey bugs

The Inca yarn was dyed before it was woven into cloth dyes were made from a variety of plants and other natural sources as ground up cochineal beetles found on the cactus - this created a deep red it took about 70,000 insects to make a one pound dye mix.

Crushed mealey bugs give colouring Incas used to colour clothing Blooms tasty leaves for cooking leaves very tasty new bloom

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