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Study shows power of flower gardens to support diverse bees

 
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From today's Washington Post about insect survey in a public garden in Delaware that found 135 species of bees, including specialist and generalists not previously known to be native to the area. A quote:

"The survey suggests that if enough home gardeners plant targeted plants, the bees’ habitat loss will be mitigated, and the bees will show up. “These are very small animals; you don’t need 100 acres to make an impact. A tiny bee can do well in a small residential setting,” Sarver said. “It’s a great opportunity for conserving biodiversity, but enough of us have to do it.”"

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/declining-bee-population-survey-garden/2021/04/27/81c56962-a14f-11eb-85fc-06664ff4489d_story.html
 
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I’ve got plenty of antidotal evidence from turning my lawn into a pocket prairie, but it’s wonderful to see the data showing this improves bee populations at scale. Thanks for sharing.
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It's funny, I posted just the other day I know the bees are in trouble, but you can't tell by looking in my yard. I'm glad to know I can help a little bit.
 
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