6 Ways To Protect Backyard Bees

Do your part to keep bees buzzing.

| July/August 2005

It’s easy to overlook bees, yet we’re indebted to their proverbial industriousness for pollinating flowers and food crops.

The honeybee is only one of about 4,000 U.S. bee species, including 45 bumblebees.

Native and domestic bees (along with other pollinating insects) ensure production of 15 to 30 percent of our food.

U.S. honeybees produce 200 million pounds of sweet gold annually.

Most native bees are solitary nesters, unlike honeybees, which live in colonies called hives.

Honeybee populations declined by 50 percent in the last fifty years (National Geographic News, October 5, 2004).

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