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New bee species found around Brooklyn NY

 
Amedean Messan
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Location: Melbourne FL, USA - Pine and Palmetto Flatland, Sandy and Acidic
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Pretty amazing story to find a new species in the most obvious place.  They have to be pretty cold hardy I imagine and because they are the size of a grain of rice they can be effective pollinators in narrow flowers like vanilla.  Too bad vanilla does not grow up here.  But, given that the bees thrive in a dense city I imagine they can do well in a permaculture setting.  It also got me thinking on strategies of increasing bee diversity in a permaculture farm.

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/10/bees/
 
maikeru sumi-e
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All the more reason why we need to be careful about what we do before we lose treasures we never knew of.
 
And now I present magical permaculture hypno cards. The idea is to give them to people that think all your permaculture babble is crazy talk. And be amazed as they apologize for the past derision, and beg you for your permaculture wisdom. If only there were some sort of consumer based event coming where you could have an excuse to slip them a deck ... richsoil.com/cards
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