Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Making Nest Boxes for Bees

Bees are some of our best pollinators, and 30% of our food supply is dependent on bees for pollination, as well as the fruits and flowers in our home gardens.

Right now the Honey bee is in decline due to mite infestation, however, this bee is not our only pollinator - other bees, known as 'Solitary' bees are just as hard working but because of their small size they go unnoticed and due to lack of knowledge about these fascinating insects, are greatly under appreciated.

In most cases, mention the word 'Bee' and most people will be squirming, recalling tales of bee stings and thus labeling all bees as bad. Unfortunately the bees that do sting, such as the wasps, hornets, yellow jackets and occasionally the honeybees, give these other Solitary bees a bad name and instantly cause fear. In most cases bees will ONLY sting if roughly handled. Get more info and instructions to build simple nesting blocks.

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