Are you thinking bumble bees are a bad deal? I know I always did, cause I usually got stung a few times each year while growing up on the farm. But recently it has come to light how important native bees are for pollinating. They not only pollinate native wildflowers, trees and shrubs, but they also pollinate our gardens and some crops grown here in the Midwest. The pollination services that bees provide to the food growing regions of this country is worth billions of dollars.
Did you know that Missouri has over 400 species of native bees? To help us understand bees a little better, the Xerces Society has developed a publication called Conserving Bumble Bees. The publication provides information on several common species of bumble bees and discusses how to manage habitat for them. You will recoginize some of the same practices described that we recommend for quail, rabbits and songbirds.
Celebrate National Pollinator Week and learn about bees. You can do something for bees no matter if you live in the city or the country.