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New bee species found around Brooklyn NY

 
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Location: Melbourne FL, USA - Pine and Palmetto Flatland, Sandy and Acidic
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Pretty amazing story to find a new species in the most obvious place.  They have to be pretty cold hardy I imagine and because they are the size of a grain of rice they can be effective pollinators in narrow flowers like vanilla.  Too bad vanilla does not grow up here.  But, given that the bees thrive in a dense city I imagine they can do well in a permaculture setting.  It also got me thinking on strategies of increasing bee diversity in a permaculture farm.

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/10/bees/
 
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All the more reason why we need to be careful about what we do before we lose treasures we never knew of.
 
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