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Topic Tuesday: Types of Bees

Last blog, I talked about pollination and pollinator impact on crops grown throughout Florida. This blog, I am highlighting types of bees seen throughout Florida, both native and non-native. There are approximately 20,000 species of bees. There are more than 315 species of bees here in Florida, all of which play an important role in the pollination of agricultural crops and landscapes. Bees are small in size, about 1-2 inches in length. They feed on pollen and nectar collected from flowers that the hair on their bodies help them collect.

Pollinators, such as bees, are very important for agricultural crops. A significant portion of the world’s food production relies on pollinators. For questions about bees or what to do when you find bees nesting on your property, contact Sylvia Willis at the UF/IFAS Suwannee County Extension Office at (386) 362-2771.

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One Comment on “Topic Tuesday: Types of Bees

  1. As a registered beekeeper in South Florida, I really appreciated this article. We all need to be aware of our wonderful native bees and not get all bees confused with honeybees. Thank you!

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