Other Bee Species Assist Honeybees
While we’re partial to the honeybee, a recent study found that they are more effective at pollinating almonds when other species of bees are present. These other bee species, such as blue orchard, sweat, carpenter, bumble and wild bees, when foraging almonds alongside honeybees, result in a change in honeybee’ behavior such that they more effectively pollinate.
This study was conducted in the almond orchards of California, which grow over 80% of the world’s almonds. Managed pollinators—honeybees—are essential. About 2.6 million colonies are annually trucked into California for almond pollination, starting mid-February.
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For a link to the research article: http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/280/1754/20122767.abstract