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Bug of the Week: Native Bees on Sunflower

Did you know that honey bees aren't native to the Americas? The honey bee came to North America with the Europeans. The continent wasn't lacking in bees before honey bees came, however, because a vast assortment of native bees were already happily pollinating flowers.

Like these busy native bees working our sunflowers.

sunflower bee

The pint-sized pollinators have been coming in a constant stream since the sunflowers opened.

sunflower bee

They leave each flower with yellow pollen-laden legs loaded to overcapacity . How do they even fly?

sunflower bee

Thanks to these bees we have a heavy crop of sunflower seeds. Go, bees, go!

sunflower bee

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