It also turns out that bees native to the United States (the honey bee was introduced from Europe) are also in trouble.This is due in part to habitat loss and competition from honey bees.
There are over 4,000 bees native to the U.S. They come in various sizes and colors, and are either social and create colonies like the honey bee, or solitary- creating a nest singly. Some nest in the ground, some in hollowed out twigs, or wood. The great thing about many of the native bees is they frequently provide pollination services in weather or at times of the day and year that the honey bee doesn't.
This spring, why not plant a row for the native pollinators?
|photo by Matthew Elswick|
Before I forget, there is one more thing you should do for them. Give them some fresh water! (and make sure they can't drown). Happy planting!