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Happenings in the insect world
by Bruce
on May 8, 2013 at 5:59 AM
Beautiful photos! I find that my honey bees and the native bees tend to avoid the complex hybrid roses or any flower with a complex flower pattern. They do like the simple flower formation of the native roses. The "sparkle and shine" photo contradicts this. Do you find this foraging to be common?
Reply by Kathy Keatley Garvey
on May 21, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Thanks. I took these photos where there are lots of bees; near the apiary of the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis, and the bees were all over these floribundas. I purchased three of these Sparkle and Shine roses and took them home. Yes, they are attracting bees! However, bees seem to prefer the native roses. Most of the time when I see bees on roses, they're on native roses.
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