Farmers look at native pollinators

After an entomologist dug it up from its comfy underground home overlooking a cherry orchard, the longhorn bee was placed in a tiny glass vial and passed among a crowd of curious onlookers. To the orchardists, university extension agents and others in attendance, the sleepy insect was proof that a patch of bare soil on a scraggly hillside could serve a worthwhile purpose: as a home for native pollinators.

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