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Reasons include: Food reward offered, nectar refill rate of the flower, foraging preferences of the bee species, seasonality, and peak nectar production.
Bees need flowers for food (nectar and pollen) but it may surprise people to learn that some species of bee have other uses for flowers and plants too!
Bees Love Sweet Box: Sarcococca confusa and hookeriana. These fragrant, winter flowering shrubs feed bees during the chilly months of January and February.
If you have tried to help an early emerging bumble bee queen that does not respond in the way you had hoped, here are some suggestions for next steps.
The fragrant flowers of Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill' provide nectar and pollen for early-emerging queen bumble bees and foraging worker honey bees.
According to research, the data show that in summer compared to spring or autumn, the bees fly further to bring back nectar that is not better in quality.
If you have a small, paved yard or a balcony, here's how to make the best use of space with containers, climbing plants, rockery plants and more to attract bees
Plant Hardy Geraniums For Bees -Hardy geraniums are among my favourite plants,. They attract many different bee species and are very easy to care for.
Honey bees can forage in cool temperatures. Some sources state a temperature as low as 55°F (12.5°C) but I have seen them foraging in lower temperatures.
Is It Bees, Bee’s Or Bees’? Here's an explanation of when to use the apostrophe and where to place it, with examples.
Bees Love Holly Flowers; The flowers of holly (Ilex) may be small and inconspicious, but they provide lots of nectar for different bee species.
Honey bees have hairy eyes. Read about how eye hair prevents flower pollen becoming stuck directly to the bee's eyes whilst foraging.
Bees love thistles, so if you want to photograph bees and pollinators, find a patch of thistles growing on a grassy verge or brownfield site on a sunny day.
The small whitish-green flowers of the wild vine, white bryony are attractive to bees, including honey bees, bumble bees and various solitary species.
The earliest form of chemical warfare may date back to Turkey, 65 BC. Surprisingly, honey bees played a role, producing toxic honey, also known as ‘mad honey’.
Also known as South American Vervain, apart from attracting bees and butterflies, Verbena bonariensis is easy to grow and relatively free of diseases.
Types Of Honey: Most honey sold is blossom honey, and is obtained either from a variety of flowers, although there are exceptions, such as aphid honeydew honey.
Yes, bees and wasps are related. Bees evolved from wasps. Both belong to the insect order Hymenoptera, and also to the suborder Apocrita. The suborder Apocrita.
If I were asked to list my top wildflowers for bees and pollinators, hemp agrimony would be on my list. This pretty plant can also be grown in the garden.
Commonly known as the 'butterfly bush', buddleia (or buddleja) are also popular shrubs with bees as well as butterflies. Moths also visit this hardy bush.
As bumble bees reach inside hollyhock flowers to get the nectar, their furry coats get covered in pollen. These lovely cottage garden flowers are easy to grow.
This is a summary of the recently published paper by Catarino et al: Bee pollination outperforms pesticides for oilseed crop production and profitability.
This is a summary of a research paper: Impacts of honeybee density on crop yield: A meta-analysis, by Rollin and Garibaldi.
Monitoring schemes highlight declines in Europe’s farmland birds.
Winter bird feeding tips, and how how bees and pollinators help provide food for hungry birds in Winter months
This puzzle book provides children with a fun way to learn about honey, bumble, mason, leafcutter, yellow-face, wool carder, plasterer, squash bees and more.
Nomada panzeri - Panzer's Nomad Bee - a cleptoparasitic bee species more commonly associated with wooded areas than other Nomada bee species.
Bee with a broken leg: can I nurse a bee back to health if it has a broken leg?
Japanese anemones provide lots of pollen for bees during Autumn. Honey bees, bumble bee species and hoverflies are especially keen.
Honey bees are not in danger of extinction, but they highlight environmental factors that are likely to affect wild species with more devastating effects.
Bloomed Furrow Bee - Lasioglossum albipes - Photographs, habitat, nesting and foraging habits. The name Lasioglossum means 'hairy tongue' in Greek.
Rudbeckia are one of the coneflowers. It's no surprise that with their lovely open, sunny faces, they are attractive to bees and butterflies alike.
National Union Of French Beekeepers and their 25 year fight against systemic insecticides.
Following court pressure, the Fish and Wildlife Service agreed to propose critical habitat for this once common but now seriously threatened bumble bee species.
Honey bees can be trained to sniff out and detect illnesses in humans, tuberculosis, such as lung cancer, skin cancer and diabetes with amazing accuracy!
Bees Carrying Pollen: images illustrating different methods used by various species for pollen collecting and carrying.
Which Dahlias Do Bees Like? These lovely plants offer a variety of gorgeous blooms that are popular with bees, butterflies and other pollinators.
Bees Like Sunflowers - and so do birds. Note how the wonderful flowers heads of these childhood favourites follow the path of the sun during the daytime.
Bees Can Detect Bombs: Weall know about the use of sniffer dogs to detect drugs and explosives. Did you know honey bees can be trained to do the same thing?
Bees In Schools: how one school is using a number of superb initiatives to teach children and create a very positive school learning experience.
Bees And Bee Balm (Monarda) - also known as 'Bergamot) is a herbaceous perennial which is attractive for bees.
The Structure Of A Social Wasp Nest: Wasp nests are an architectural masterpiece. Here are images of a wasp nest and description of how its made.
Echinacea (Coneflower) is a fabulous perennial loved by bees and butterflies. They provide food for bees when many bumble bee colonies are at their peak.
Buffish Mining Bee - Andrena nigroaenea - photographs, habitat, foraging preferences, parasites.
Feed The Bees With Ice Plant - also known as Sedum spectabile, Hylotelephium spectabile, these succulent perennials are attractve to bees and butterflies.
Bees And Pollinators Love Sneezeweed - Bringing a wonderful splash of golden orange, copper and yellow to the flower border bees and love this cheerful flower.
What Is The Origin Of The Phrase 'The Bee's Knees'? Different historical explanations, from Shakespeare to the Charleston dancer, Bee Jackson and more.
Bee's Knees Cocktail recipe - How to make it, and the origin of this famous, zingy and refreshing drink which combines honey, lemon juice and gin.
Bees Love Lavender: a favourite herb, especially with bumble bees. Here's a list of some of the lavender varieties you could include in your garden for bees.
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