How to Manage the Blue Orchad Bee
by Jorde Bosch and William Kent

Pages: 98
Publisher: --
Edition: 1st., 2001
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1888626062


Material for this book was researched and written by the Bee Biology & Systematics Laboratory of USDA’s Agricultural Research Service. The book format was developed under the auspices of the Sustainable Agriculture Network. This text is intended to be a guide, and should be used in conjunction with other information sources on farm management.
In recent years, the blue orchard bee (BOB) has become established as an alternative orchard pollinator in North America. With a strong preference for fruit trees, BOBs are highly efficient pollinators; in fact, just 250-300 females will pollinate an entire acre of apples or almonds. BOBs forage and pollinate under cloudy skies and at lower temperatures than most other bees. They are easy to manage and rarely sting. To learn how to manage BOBs for successful orchard pollination.

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