Pesticide use can have negative impacts on wild and managed bees living and foraging in agricultural areas.
Roughly 70% of wild, native bees nest below-ground – in North America, that’s about 2,500 species of bees!
Wild bees make their homes in a variety of surprising places, from snail shells to embankments to inside plant stems.
What does it take to create lasting pollinator habitat in agriculture?
Flowering insectary strips are an excellent strategy for supporting pollinators and other beneficial insects on farms.
Understory habitat refers to areas that can support flowering plants and grasses beneath or between existing crops such as berries, grapes or orchard fruits.
Filter strips are a great opportunity for adding habitat to meet habitat minimums while utilizing existing site features.
Mass-flowering crops refer to agricultural crops that provide abundant floral resources during their bloom period, which is often over a short period of time.
Wildflower meadows are permanent plantings of nectar- and pollen-rich plants, and can also contain native grasses or sedges.