Conservation

Conservation

Any person can collaborate with the conservation of different bee species. The easiest and most direct way is to cultivate plants at home or in public areas available.

 

Prioritize native plants

Regardless of the available area, it is important to prioritize plant species that are attractive to bees and other pollinators. To do so, prioritize native species in your region, which are completely adapted to the conditions and will demand less attention to their development. Furthermore, native bees will be more attracted to these plants than to exotic species originated in other regions.

As native bees have the ability to differentiate plants that can offer nectar and pollen, choose plants with colorful and varied flowers. Flowers with the following shades are more attractive to bees: blue, purple, violet, white and yellow.

Due to the variety of native bees, which result in different morphologies, such as tongue size, it would be interesting to provide flowers of different types and sizes to broaden the scope of attraction to different species.

If space is available, plant clumps of flowering plants, because the blossoming of many plants of the same species can attract a larger number of bees.

Another interesting measure is to gather plants that bloom at different times, offering more options to bees than just one or two annual blossoms.

Take the necessary precautions for the correct use of agrochemicals, ensuring that their use has a synergistic interaction with the local habitat.

 

Home hives

Keeping a colony of stingless bees in your garden is an especially pleasurable activity for nature lovers. Bees are docile and cause no problems with neighbors or other pets. Their management usually does not involve more work than that of other pets. For further information, please refer to Manual Tecnológico de Abelhas Sem Ferrão, by Jerônimo Villas-Bôas.

 

Increase of apiarian flora in monocultures

Farmers, especially those growing monocultures, need to pay attention to the preservation of biodiversity in their properties. In general, native forests that surround the plantations should be maintained, as required by law. An additional measure to ensure the visitation of bees would be the planting of apiarian flora stretches at the ends of the crops.

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