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I recently celebrated a victory in my town — changing the zoning code to allow backyard bees. You can read more about it at the Women, Food, and Agriculture Network blog here. If you would like to read the new code visit this link; to look at your own city’s code, head over to, search and find your city, then click on it.

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More than honey bees

comma butterfly iowa

Early spring hive inspections are always a pleasant way to spend time outdoors. In addition to honey bees, I typically see many ants and spiders, and the other day, I also saw a comma. I think this one overwintered nearby — its wings were very ragged. This was an early sighting for me, but I read that there was a comma sighting in Feb. this year (see link here)!

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