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Old 10-19-2011, 02:05 PM   #1
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Sugar High for Bees

ScienceDaily (Oct. 12, 2011)

A field of flowers may seem innocuous -- but for the birds and bees that depend on it for sustenance, that floral landscape can be a battlefield mined with predators and competitors. The more efficient a pollinator is in feeding, the less chance it has of becoming food itself.
The researchers found that animals such as bees, which probe with their tongues, are "viscous dippers," and are most efficient when feeding on more sugary, or viscous, nectar.
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Old 10-20-2011, 04:59 AM   #2
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I was reading a study about which nectar was most attractive to honeybees on a bee-keeping site that large fields were planted of different flowers and even buckwheat. If you buy honey you may notice the label saying derived from mostly clover or buckwheat or other flowers that they favor. It was worth studying the graphs they came up with after 3 years. One plant that has lots of little flowers that the bees find attractive is Autumn Joy Sedum, While not native it's bloom time is late fall. It's a flat flower which I believe the pro's call an Umbel, The Bees literally can walk in circles collecting nectar. I always worry about attracting Hummer's and being stung by a Bee or Wasp but this clears it up alot.
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Old 10-20-2011, 08:58 AM   #3
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Michigan State University has done some nice work on plants for bees:
Enhance beneficial insects, pollinators with native plants

They came up with a list of plants that bees favored throughout the year:
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