WILDLIFE COLUMN: Native bees of the Valley | Vidaoutdoors


One of the most important animal groups for human well-being are often seen (and sometimes avoided) by humans — bees.

These pollinators, including the declining Honey Bee, contribute nearly 30 billion dollars to farm income annually in the United States, according to a 21012 Cornell study. They are responsible for pollinating some of our favorite fruits and vegetables (I don’t know what I’d do without avocados) and overall help produce 1/3 of all our food.

There are more than 4,000 species of native bees in North America (the Honey Bee is an old world, non-native species). They range in size from only a few millimeters up to over an inch, and sport a remarkable array of colors and life histories. While individual species can be…



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