Wild Bee Populations Continue to Decrease

January 07, 2016

According to a new national map of bee populations, wild bee population in main agricultural regions of the U.S. are on the decline.  Some of the most troubled areas include regions in California and the Pacific Northwest where almonds, pumpkins, squashes, blueberries, watermelons, peaches and apples are grown, which are highly dependent on pollinators.  The study estimated a 23 percent decrease in wild bee population between 2008 and 2013. The study cited the main culprit to the decline as the conversion of their natural habitat into farmland.  The study also listed pesticides and diseases as other factors contributing to the decline.

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