Missouri: The Show Bee State
[Excerpts from the marker]
Native bees are a large and diverse group of wild bees originating from North America. There are over 4,000 species of bees in the U.S. and Canada.
Missouri has over 400 species of bees, ranging in size from 1/8" to 1" long. Missouri bees and important pollinators of our wildflowers, trees, shrubs and crops.
The Birds, and the Bees, and the Bears
Native bees help maintain plant communities that provide food and shelter for other animals. Nearly 25 percent of birds, and many mammals from black bears to squirrels, feed on fruits and seeds that depend on pollinators to produce.
An Alien Among Us: The European Honey Bee
The European honey bee was introduced to the US in 1622. Settlers brought these bees from England to make honey. Native Americans associated the honey bee with the Europeans so closely, that they called them "white man's flies".
The Plight of the Bumble Bee
Bumble bees, major pollinators of native plants and at least 15 percent of our crops, are disappearing. One species may already be extinct. They are threatened by:
• habitat loss for development and agriculture
• pesticide and herbicide use
• diseases from commercially-raised bumble bees
Preserve, Protect and Provide for Native Bees
You can help native bees by following four simple rules:
1) Preserve bee habitats.
2) Protect bees from pesticides and other problems.
3) Provide bees with flowers for pollen and nectar and places for them to rest.
4) Promote native bee conservation by supporting the Saint Louis Zoo's conservation efforts. To learn more, visit www.stlzoo.org
Location. 38° 41.448′ N, 93° 15.565′ W. Marker is in Sedalia, Missouri, in Pettis County. Touch for map. Marker is at the MoDOT Highway Gardens, on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2503 West 16th Street, Sedalia MO 65301, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Missouri State Highway System (a few steps from this marker); Missouri Highway History (within shouting distance of this marker); 4-H Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Poultry & Rabbit Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Merci Boxcar (about 300 feet away); Home Economics Building (about 500 feet away); Varied Industries Building (about 600 feet away); Old Smokie Frisco Engine (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sedalia.
Also see . . .
1. The Great Missouri Buzz Off. (Submitted on July 5, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Bees at MO Dept of Conservation Field Guide. (Submitted on July 5, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Missouri State Beekeepers Association. (Submitted on July 5, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Missouri State Fair History Summary. (Submitted on July 5, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Agriculture • Animals • Environment • Horticulture & Forestry •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 5, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 136 times since then and 29 times this year. Photo 1. submitted on July 5, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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