Concerned about the decline of honeybees, one of the hardest-working food crop pollinators? Don't overlook the importance of a native pollinator of your fruit trees – the blue orchard mason bee.
"The diversity of flowers requires a diversity of pollinators," said George Hoffman, entomology researcher in Oregon State University's Department of Crop and Soil Science. "Also, if one disease affects one pollinator, it doesn't necessarily affect the others. Gardens need a diversity of pollinators so one disease or parasite won't wipe out all its pollinators."