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From Small World Collection by artist Dawn Currie
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1st Place - Honey Bee Contest
Pure gold provided by nature and the sun. Native honey bee collecting pollen.
Native bees are an unappreciated treasure, with 4,000 species from tiny Perdita to large carpenter bees, they can be found anywhere in North America where flowers bloom. Native pollinators, in particular bees, had been doing all the pollination in this continent before the arrival of imports from the Old World. They continue to do a great deal of it, especially when it comes to native plants.
The European honey bee, remarkable as it is, doesn't know how to pollinate a tomato or an eggplant flower, while some native bees are masters at this. The same thing happens with a number of native plants, such as pumpkins and watermelons, blueberries and cranberries, which are more efficiently pollinated by native bees than by honey bees.
June 8th, 2013
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