I am a gardener and amateur naturalist, always on the lookout for bees. I am also a founding member of Friends of Bees. Though I find honeybees fascinating, I am not a beekeeper. Instead I manage my garden for the benefit of the many species of native bees, such as bumblebees. Doing so also helps other pollinators, such as butterflies and moths, and beneficial predatory insects, such as ladybugs and flower flies. When I see the variety of bees in my garden, I am glad to call myself a bee rancher.
If you have a yard, you too can be a bee rancher by following these three simple rules:
- Don’t use insecticides.
- Avoid disturbing the ground.
- Grow flowers!