By Dave Smitley Michigan State University Extension, Department of Entomology
Bees have been in the news this spring. Each week I see another article about the struggles of bees and beekeepers. Unfortunately, the challenges for professional beekeepers are being confused with advice for making our yards and gardens bee-friendly, when in fact there is very little connection. Professional beekeepers move their colonies to a sequence of agricultural crops during the spring and summer to provide crop pollination, so those bees are not usually foraging in our neighborhoods. However, the growing interest in the bees that frequent our yards and gardens does provide a great opportunity to explain the benefits of encouraging bees and beneficial insects in the yard and garden.