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Happenings in the insect world
by David L. Green
on December 19, 2012 at 2:39 PM
I love the squash bee, and it's the main bee I see pollinating squash and pumpkins in my own garden, and many other gardens. But in commercial field (in my career as a pollination consultant and contractor) the squash bee is notably scarce. In larger commercial tracts the bulk of the pollination is done by contracted honeybees, with a 10-15% boost by bumblebees. It would take some massive management changes in current commercial squash production to get the squash bee doing the bulk of the pollination.
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