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Heriades bee on Erigeron speciosus

Heriades bee on Erigeron speciosus

Wildflower planted next to crop fields can benefit farmers via both increased pollination services from native bees (such as this Heriades sp. bee on a Erigeron speciosus flower), leading to greater crop yield, and wildflower seed-sales revenue, all while helping to conserve and foster native bee populations. A cost-benefit analysis by researchers at Montana State University suggests retails sales of wildflower seeds can provide an early additional benefit to farmers while the more long-term benefits of increased pollination and crop yields materialize over time. (Photo credit: Casey Delphia, Ph.D.)

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