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Bumblebees as pollinators

Bumblebee on cloverI like honeybees as much as the next farmer, but I have to admit that I roll my eyes a bit when the media reports that the decline of the honeybee could cause us all to starve to death.  How do those reporters think that American plants got pollinated before we introduced the honeybee from Europe?

We've got scads of wild pollinators, but the one I see most often in my garden is the bumblebee.  In fact, despite having four hives of honeybees, I tend to see more bumblebees than honeybees.  I figured this intrepid pollinator deserves a lunchtime series all her own!

This post is part of our Bumblebee lunchtime series.  Read all of the entries:

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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