2535Re: [beemonitoring] What Plants are ONLY pollinated by native bees and not by honeybees?
- Jan 3, 2013Thanks Ann....Rhododendrons ...that would be interesting....I also don't see honey bees on azaleas that often, but am not sure home complete that segregation would be on our native pinxters...On Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 11:18 AM, ahworkerb@... <ahworkerb@...> wrote:A question about the plants ONLY pollinated by native bees -- are you including bumble bees in the natives? (By the way honey bee is two words like bumble bee.) Honey bees will visit the most profitable source so some plants will not be visited because something else more profitable is in bloom at the same time. One example of this is Rhododendron -- it is visited in other parts of the world (a toxic honey for us to eat) by honey bees but in the US temperate climate area (the Zoo) the honey bees pass it up because other more profitable plants are in bloom. Honey bees can work very tiny flowers -- again depending on what the blossoms are offering.
It's going to be tough.
Jim Cane is right -- plant something very desirable (behind a large rock so nobody sees them) to lure the honey bees away.
Cheers,Ann HarmanIt is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do. There is no fun in doing nothing when you have nothing to do.Jerome K. Jerome, humoristAll:I have been working with the National Zoo here in Washington D.C. as a bee adviser. As part of their new outdoor bee and pollinator exhibit they would like to have a set of plants that are only pollinated by native bees and would not be pollinated by honeybees.I can think of plants that are inefficiently pollinated by honeybees, but because of my weakness in pollination biology am not sure of what plants are ONLY pollinated by native bee species.Perhaps some of the orchids? Super tiny flowers? Native Wisterias? I am grasping here....so help me out.Are any flowers actually always avoided by honeybees because of the composition of nectar/pollen as opposed to simply the flower's physical characteristics?I have copied Elaine Soulanille from the zoo this email so go ahead and copy her on replies.Thankssam--Bees are Not Optional--Bees are Not Optional
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