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Bees


 bee illustration

Did you know that there are lots of small so-called native bees in this country? These are ones that have lived in North America for hundreds of years.


  • Some people call these bees "super pollinators." That's because they can often pollinate specific crops much more easily than honey bees (non-native bees that were brought here from Europe centuries ago).
  • For instance, in a small apple orchard, 250 females of a kind of native bee called the blue orchard bee can do the work of 35,000 honey bees.
  • As you may know, honey bees in this country are dying off.
  • Tiny bugs called mites are killing them.
  • So farmers who have relied on honey bees to pollinate their crops are turning more and more to native bees.
  • The good news is: native bees seem pretty tough and aren't being harmed by the tiny bugs that are killing off the honey bees.
  • Now native bees are helping farmers in this country earn lots of money each year—in fact, billions of dollars worth from sales of bee-pollinated crops.

Bee on asterNo wonder they're called super pollinators!

Learn how to make a bee house! 

 


Bee illustration by Danielle Jones

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