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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The buzz about bees - what you can do?

Photo/UF-IFAS
Did you know that most of the 4,000 native bee species in the U.S. nest in the ground? Or that four common bumblebees have become “very rare”? 

"Habitat loss, invasive plants and animals, pollution, pesticides and climate change all are bearing down on them," writes Georgia Tasker of Fairchild Gardens, who offers facts about non-native honey bees and native Florida bees gleaned from presentations given at the recent Florida Native Plant Society conference in Maitland. Read her informative blog post at 
www.gableshomepage.com/conversations/2011/05/25/floral-gables-helping-pollinators and think about incorporating native flowering species in your own yard in order to support bees, which pollinate about 35 percent of our food crops and all of Florida's flowering native plants and trees. To learn about wildflower species, visit www.flawildflowers.org/planting.php.

Learn more about bees at entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/honeybee/research.shtml

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