Helpful Garden Pollinators

Barbara Pleasant
May/June 2005
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According to the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service, the following native bees are particularly good pollinators of certain crops, although they pollinate other flowering plants, as well:


  • Alkali bees: onions, clover, mint and celery

  • Bumblebees: blueberries, tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, melons, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and cranberries

  • Carpenter bees: passionfruit, blackberries, canola, corn, peppers and beans

  • Leafcutter bees: legumes, especially alfalfa, and carrots

  • Mason bees: almonds, apples, cherries, pears, plums and blueberries

  • Shaggy fuzzyfoot bees: blueberries and apples

  • Squash bees: squash, gourds and pumpkins








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