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Happenings in the insect world
by Jared
on June 27, 2015 at 12:56 PM
I use only clear hummingbird syrup in my feeders just in case I or a squirrel knocks one of my feeders over. It won't take honeybees long to find that mess and when they do they'll be all over it and in mass numbers. The only issue I've found is if honeybees get into too much red-colored humming bird syrup they'll store it and you can end up with red or reddish-colored honey. The flavor of the honey doesn’t really change, it's just diluted a bit. Pure nectar is best for them and hummingbirds. So keep as many hummingbird friendly flowering plants around to provide a variety.
by Mary
on August 9, 2015 at 7:24 AM
i heard hanging moth balls by your feeder helps bees leaveLw
by Joyce
on June 7, 2016 at 10:21 AM
My successful hummer recipe NO RED DYE PLEASE - I put something red on the feeder...  
1/4 cup sugar  
1 cup water  
Boil for about 1 minute, cool and serve...
by Ellen LaPenna
on August 1, 2017 at 9:10 AM
Thanks so much for this article. This was my exact question. When bees started taking over a hummingbird feeder, I put out a small container in the same tree with a diluted sugar syrup and clear glass pebbles as landing pads. They drank from the new cup but continued to want the stronger sugar solution at the feeder.  
Within a few days, I saw the bees starting to fight over the feeder and attack each other. I just removed the feeder after gently spraying it off with water to remove the bees. I'm leaving the diluted sugar water cup for the moment but will take it down later today. I think maybe the feeder is leaking. Thanks again!
by Rebecca Gardner
on February 9, 2021 at 12:44 PM
I was surprised when you said that bees can go through as much as two gallons of sugar water every day. My husband and I have talked about getting a hummingbird feeder to hang near our window since we enjoy looking at wildlife. I may look into getting a bee-proof hummingbird feeder so we don't have to refill the syrup as often!
by carol kay
on January 28, 2023 at 2:00 PM
thank you!
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