Want to Help the Bee Populations? Grow a Variety of Flowers

Los Angeles Times  By THE TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD  June 15, 2015

Native bees, which don't swarm and are profilic pollinators, would thrive in the right habitat

The European honey bee was brought to this continent in the early 1600s, but not to pollinate crops. Rather, early settlers sought beeswax to make candles. Native bees, which are mostly solitary ground-dwellers, were effective pollinators but did not provide significant quantities of wax or honey.

It wasn't until the 1980s, when large-scale industrial farming began to replace family farming, that the honey bee became important to agriculture. Instead...

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