May 9, 2016 12:56 PM

Here's the buzz: Study shows New Hampshire has over 100 species of bees

DURHAM (AP) — University of New Hampshire researchers say there are over 100 species of bees buzzing around the state, and that some of them haven't been documented before.

The university's Agricultural Experiment Station has completed its first assessment of the state's native bee population. Sandra Rehan, an assistant professor of biological sciences who oversees the UNH Bee Lab, says New Hampshire has a high bee species richness compared to similar surveys done in other states in the Northeast.

Bees are important pollinators of food crops and natural ecosystems. The abundance of and diversity of pollinators are declining in many agricultural landscapes across the United States.

Rehan and the lab are developing a database of 150 years of bee records to better understand the ranges and population numbers for the species identified.

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