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Noelle, Great article! I've read recently that the numbers of native bee species are threatened. It's always nice to know the right types of flowers that they like.


Also on a related note, I've read that some big box stores spray their plants with pesticides that will actually harm or kill bees. I buy all my flowers from a local nursery that doesn't use such pesticides!

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If you want to attract bees, use foliage with flowers of the color yellow. I had to use nail polish to cover up all traces of yellow on my hummer feeders. The bees were actually stinging the little hummers to keep them away from the feeders. Instead, I made a mixture of 1/2 sugar/water syrup and dribbled it down yellow cups & saucers (not enough to drown the bees), far away from the feeders (recommend by both Audubon & Cornell). Approx 100 bees converged, they were larger than the bees we get in Coastal OC. I wonder if they are local bees? However, they weren't aggressive to me, just the hummers.
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Forgot to mention, this has been occurring in the past month or so. I guess the bees like the temperate weather.
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