More wild bees needed for agriculture
Here is a link to some interesting research on the benefit of wild bees and the lack of natural populations near lands whose crops depend on bees for pollination. I am always impressed with the number and diversity of wild bees in my native plant garden and it is always a pleasure to watch and listen as my paloverde buzzes with activity during bloom time. I live in a typical tract neighborhood with landscapes of lawns (now many dried up) and evergreen non-native boxed and lollipopped shrubs yet my small patch of native vegetation is pretty rich with pollinators. See my previous posts. I wonder how much acreage of restored wild bee habitat interspersed within their orchards would be required to help today's farmers.
Michael Wall - Hemet, CA