So, you may wonder, what are native bees and what is their role in pollination?
Native bees are any bees that naturally occur in the area. There are over 3500 known species of native bees in the United States of which 318 are found in Florida.
Native bees are the most important group of pollinators because they are often more efficient than the introduced species, the European honey bee. Native bees have evolved together with native flowering plants and, therefore, have perfected their ability to better assist in pollinating them. They might be little, but they do the work of gigantic measure!
Unfortunately, native bees, just like honey bees are facing some survival challenges. Luckily, there is a way how you can help them! The easiest way to help native bees is to provide them with pollen and nectar throughout the seasons. You can simply do so by planting a pollinator friendly garden! Don’t be discouraged if you do not have a patch of land available. You can easily create a flower garden by sowing the seeds and planting the plants in large pots.