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Wild bees, which include native and naturalized bees, pollinate a variety of crops, including apples, pears, nuts, strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, blueberries, squash, and melons. In areas of Pennsylvania where I live, wild bees already provide the majority of pollination for some summer vegetable crops. Conserving wild bee populations is essential for sustaining agricultural production in Pennsylvania.

Bees have a reputation for producing painful stings, partly because of stings inflicted by hornets, yellow jackets, and other wasps. However, most wild bees are not aggressive because they are solitary nesters and thus do not have large colonies to defend. The risk of getting stung by a wild bee is low.

Bees need pollen and nectar (together called floral resources) to survive and reproduce. To provide wild bees with food throughout the growing season, plant a variety of flowering plants with overlapping bloom periods. Land managers can increase access to floral resources for wild bees by:

Planting flowering herbs or ornamentals within the crop field.
Setting aside marginal land for bee habitat by establishing hedgerows of flowering woody plants or native perennial plants.
Harvesting flowering crops, like alfalfa, in strips rather than all at once.
Allowing a portion of leafy crops to bolt (produce flowers).

To learn more about wild bees and their needs visit https://extension.psu.edu/conserving-wild-bees-in-pennsylvania

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