445Re: Regarding green house plants for bumblee bees and honey bees
- Oct 4, 2008- Hello Raj, I suggest your project look at using specimens of wild
pepermint. I reside NY/NJ border highlands, Ramapo Mts near Hudson
River (just visit:GoogleMaps and with:hybrid-sattelite view setting,
zoom in on Harriman State Park,NY,US).
Not knowing your locale/climate zone, I sure hope you have access
to :wild pepermint plants(such a problem with invassive species
globally...guess your native plant selections determined by your
In our always near untamed backyard herb gardens, fennel used to
be the big attractor for so many wasp species,flies, and hornets, and
bees. Once my outdoor aquariums with flowing water 'bio-
filters'/tank-wetlands..were setup using native wetland wild
pepermint,fern,cattail plantings...all sorts of polinators/green
bottle flies...all constantly visit the soft lavender wildpepermint
flowers..some of the bumblebees stay motionless for long time on the
leaves of the wildpepermint plants. The ferns are starting to brown
on a lot of their fronds, but the wildpepermint plants are still
(10/4/08) growing vines, growing those light lavender flowers.
Raj, it would be of intrest if you have time soon, start a Photo
alblum in this forum, with your project startup...many 'outhere'
cheer your studies...and we all would love to follow the project.
charlie guevara NJ,US
-- In email@example.com, "Rajwinder Singh" <rus169@...>
> Hi everybody
> My name is Raj Singh and I am graduate student.. we are conducting
> house experiment using both honey bees and bumblee bees (Bombusthat we
> terrestris)... can any body suggest us some potted flowering plants
> can use as a pollen source for both honey bees and bumble bees atthis time
> of the year... and that we can easily get from the market...
> Rajwinder Singh
> Phd candidate
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