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Bees are a garden’s best friend

Bees visit gardens to gather nectar to feed their families, called colonies. Nectar is the sweet stuff found inside flowers and when the bees gather this nectar, they pick up a bit of pollen from each flower. As they move from flower to flower, some of the pollen from the last flower drops onto the next flower, helping to pollinate it. Pollination helps the flower produce offspring (or children!), and also the fruit and vegetables that we eat.

Bees need our help to survive. When something is wrong with our bees, something is wrong in the environment! Bees love all kinds of plants, but do have some particular favourites.  Making a garden ‘bee-friendly’ means the bees will love to visit your place. 

Try planting:
Bee Balm - attracts bees, and other insects such as butterflies.
Herbs - bees love the taste of mint as well as sage, thyme and oregano.
Roses - good to generate a lot of insect traffic and can also increase the number of bees in the garden.
Fruit trees – bees love the nectar of apple, pear and peach tree flowers.  They also like citrus flavours of lemon and orange trees.

Bees eat their vegetables too. 
Tomatoes and capsicums have yellow flowers….The colour YELLOW seems to attract the most bees. That's why bees, especially honeybees, love dandelions. Other yellow flowers, such as yellow asters, lilies and daisies, are also loved by bees.

Strange bee fact:  Bees have 5 eyes!  There are 3 simple eyes on top of the head, and 2 compound eyes, with numerous hexagonal facets.

OUCH!
Not all bees sting. Male bees cannot, and bees are actually not out to get you!
They will only usually sting if they are provoked or feel threatened. Bees are generally non-aggressive.

 

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18-Nov-2012

 

bee on cosmos
Honey bee on cosmos

bee on lavender
Honey bee on lavender