We see almost no real honey bees in our garden 'til late summer, early
fall when the sedum blooms, when they practically swarm.
However, we see lot of other bugs doing what appears to be exactly the
same things that the honey bees do.
Are they actually performing a useful function in the sense of
pollination, or are they just taking stuff for their own use?
On Tuesday, August 5, 2014 10:23:05 AM UTC-4, Bert wrote:
Honey bees are not native to North America, so, native pollinators are far
more efficient in pollinating native plants. By the time honey bees visit t
he squash and cucumbers the squash bees have been there and gone. Don't get
me wrong, honey bees do help a lot now that native bee populations have be
en devastated by pesticides, pollutions, etc.. Right now the honey bees are
collecting pollen from my sweet corn and I'm sure that helps pollinate the
Any insect that is even slightly fuzzy that visits more than one flower
of the same species is polinating the flowers. Actually, this also
applies to humming birds, certain small bats, and a few other non-insect
David E. Ross
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