Going Native: The Squash Bee

Did you know that Minnesota is home to over 400 species of native bees? One native,
the squash bee, has an especially symbiotic relationship with plants in the squash
family. Your pesticide-free cucumbers, pumpkins, watermelons, squash, and cantaloupe
will be bigger and tastier if visited by this bee. Squash bees often mate, and males shelter overnight, inside this plant’s blossom. Look for the squash bee in your veggie garden in the morning when foraging activity is at its peak.Learn more about native bees and how to attract them to your garden.

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