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Happenings in the insect world
by Peggy
on May 2, 2019 at 6:13 AM
Kathy, your blog is a go-to for me when I am in need of information for a Master Gardener talk. You keep us informed about what others are discovering, as well as what is going on in your own yard--and ours!  
A huge thank you!  
Now I have to go out and put some rotten bananas in the garden. Who knew?  
by Art
on February 10, 2020 at 7:43 AM
Last year, I had an onslaught of flies all over my feeders, keeping the hummers away.  
Any way to keep houseflies away?
by Jackie Sylvia
on April 27, 2020 at 2:16 PM
Hi Kathy, I loved my hummingbirds, I've made what I call hummingbird stations, where it looks like a birdhouse but it has a platform for the hummers hopefully to nest on. It's surrounded by natural wood with moss that the hummers use to make their nests. Do you think they'll use it? I would love to send a pic but i can't on here, please email me and i will send you a pic to see what you think.
by PVR Reddy
on April 30, 2020 at 2:41 AM
Hi Kathy..I enjoy your 'Bee-utiful' blogs...and almost don't miss...i am enriched with info on bumble bees...which are exotic to us..wish to know by any chance do you come across Indian honey bee (Apis cerana) on your campus..if so, try to capture a pic..its my pet bee ( I'm working on it in India).
by Mary Lou Rushing
on August 22, 2020 at 7:35 PM
So good to hear about the study and critters that live in them.
by mike
on October 12, 2020 at 8:42 PM
Thank you for the tip about bananas. I will do that tonight because there are Annas flying around my front door apparently looking for insects. They are flying above my front door for over an hour without stopping. There is a feeder close by. This is the 2nd time I have observed this. That time the bird flew in that same area for approximately 3 hours. Is this normal behavior?
by James nicholls
on February 4, 2021 at 7:16 PM
Hummingbirds are from heaven, divine beings.
by Mary Bell
on May 23, 2021 at 6:39 PM
One evening just enough light was in my garden that I could see a tiny hummingbird-like moth. I was so surprised because I didn't know of their existence. The moth has a long funnel beak and goes from one flower to the next, just like a hummer does!
by Julie Heiss
on August 30, 2021 at 4:24 PM
I have a few things to say. Never allow a pray mantis to be around feeders! They are hummingbird killers! Red dye is absolutely toxic to the hummingbirds tiny kidneys. There have even been cases where hummingbirds have been found with red dye seeping from their skin! Please always make your own juice and never use red dye! Your 4:1 ratio is great! Always boil the water, remove from heat, add sugar, mix WELL, and cool before serving. Feeders must be changed and cleaned DAILY in the summer’s heat. Never allow a speck of mold to be found. Mold is absolutely deadly, as is swells their tongues and throats making it impossible to feed. As for the fruit tip, I made a feeder for this. A pvc pipe with many holes drilled in it with 2 caps & a wire fastened for hanging. As well as a solo cup inside for easy cleaning, where the fruit is kept. It can be a full time job. If you don’t have time to do all of this I suggest planting a lot of hummingbird approved flowers.
by J nelson
on August 22, 2022 at 6:50 AM
The hummingbird like moth is in the Sphinx moth family.
by Gayle Chatfield
on June 6, 2023 at 7:47 AM
Great info on hummingbirds. People think they only eat nectar!
by Vicki Humphries
on June 9, 2023 at 11:17 AM
I love hummingbirds
by Vicki Humphries
on June 9, 2023 at 11:18 AM
I love hummingbirds
by Marcia Conforti
on June 20, 2023 at 8:37 AM
We have wasps that occupy some feeders-- it's a problem for the hummers. I also observed a nest of babies that the wasps attacked and killed a baby hummer. Is this a normal enemy of hummers?
by Judy Hay
on August 22, 2023 at 7:00 PM
Love this info about Hummers! Did not know most of it! Thanks, keep it coming!!!
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