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To determine potentially suitable alternative food sources for important native bee pollinators of blueberry, the primary objectives of the present research were (1) to compile the published North American nectar, pollen, and flower records; (2) to analyze the pollen loads of native bees associated with Vaccinium spp. in Maine; and (3) to survey distribution and abundance patterns of native bee populations in Maine blueberry fields.
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Maine Agricultural Experiment Station
blueberry, native pollinators, bees
Stuvvs, C.S., H.A. Jacobson, E.A. Osgood, and F.A. Drummond 1992. Alternative forage plants for native (wild) bees associated with lowbush blueberry, Vaccinium spp., in Maine. Maine Agricultural Experiment Station Technical Bulletin 148.