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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Andrenid Bees - Critical Pollinators of Apples, Blueberries, & Raspberries

Karl Foord, Extension Educator - Horticulture

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Photo 1: Andrenid Bee on Willow Flower

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Photo 2: Andrenid Bee on Prunus flower

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Photo 3: Andrenid Bee on apple flower

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Photo 4: Andrenid Bee and blueberry flowers

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Photo 5: Andrenid bees on raspberry flowers

Andrenid bees are one of the earliest emerging bees in the spring. You can see them on willow flowers depending on the type of spring (Photo 1), and we had such a spring this year. Following willows the Andrenids will often be found on Prunus species (plums & cherries) (Photo 2). The next trees and shrubs to flower are apples (Photo 3), blueberries (Photo 4), and raspberries (Photo 5). Andrenid bees are important native pollinators of these species. The next time you put blueberries on your breakfast cereal or make raspberry jam, remember that Andrenid bees have played a significant role in the creation of those fruits.

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