Helpful Garden Pollinators

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