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Good Bug Corner - Bees (06/18/15)

This is EPA’s National Pollinator Week from June 15-21, 2015!

Good Bug Corner - Bees

This is EPA’s National Pollinator Week from June 15-21, 2015! There are many different types of pollinators including native bees, honey bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, ants, wasps, flies, hummingbirds, bats and small mammals (mice), and they are all important pollinators. However, we are featuring bees in this week’s Good Bug Corner. Pollination by honey bees and other insects are valued at $20 billion annually. Pollinating bees can help increase crop yields. Poor pollination often results in small misshapen fruits and slower fruit maturation. Bee pollinators are still in serious decline with an average of 40% losses last year. EPA has outlined Strategies to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators. Comments also are being accepted on a Proposal to Protect Bees from Acutely Toxic Pesticides. Check out the EPA resources on pollinators and what you can do to help pollinators. The North Dakota Department of Agriculture has developed a Pollinator Protection Plan for North Dakota.

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Janet J. Knodel

Extension Entomologist

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