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Episode 139 Native Pollinating Bees

I like honeybees but they are the primadonnas of the pollinating world.  They get essentially all of the credit and a lot of its due because they pollinate a lot of the non-native fruits such as apples and pears.  But how much work do honeybees really do?  Why are they so succectible to CCD and other environmental conditions?  Well simply put they aren’t native. 

 

Now I don’t want to get into a debate about native and not.  Native is always my first choice and non-native when the native won’t fill the role.  I continue to try (and fail) at apiary development.  But I like my native pollinators too so tune in today as I discuss why:

*The different types of native pollinating bees and what they pollinate.

*My on again off again love of Mason bees (I’m fond of them right now).  Find mason bees here:  http://organiccontrol.com/mason-bee-%e2%80%9cplan-bee%e2%80%9d-nesting-kit/

*Why native bees are sometimes better than non-native ones. 

*The finer points of coevolution and why it matters.

*The things a person can do NOW to effectively attract and keep native bees.

 

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