New Hampshire's Bees
The New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station recently completed a study of the state’s local bee population and discovered more than 100 bee species, including 20 that were previously undocumented in the state. Two species, the Eastern bumble bee and sweat bees, were the most common. The study reveals these two species as vital to the New Hampshire ecosystem.
“New Hampshire has a high bee species richness compared to similar biological surveys conducted in eastern North America,” said Sandra Rehan, an assistant professor of biological sciences at UNH. “Our bee collection efforts recorded 118 species, more than a quarter of the species currently present in the Northeast, if not more considering recent bee declines.”
The collected data is part of the NIFA-supported project “Sustainable Solutions to Problems Affecting Bee Health.”
Read more on the New Hampshire study.
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