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georgia native bees study

Mark Schlueter

Beekeepers are still losing honey bees to colony collapse disorder. Though the crisis isn’t as bad as it was just a few years ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says it’s still bad enough that beekeepers are not able to recover what they’ve lost. So scientists are looking to use other kinds of bees to help pollinate crops. They have plenty to work with: there are more than 4,000 species of bees native to North America.

‘Bee Eden’

A Common Eastern Bumble bee (Bombus impatiens) photographed in the Ellis Lake Wetlands, Fairfield, Ohio.
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There are hundreds of species of bees in Georgia, and unlike the European honeybees that people keep in hives, many native bees live alone, in holes in the ground. They haven’t been researched much, but a recent study looked at what kinds of forests are best for Georgia’s bees.