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Bumblebees need flowers throughout the spring and summer (March-Sept), and these need to be the right kinds of flowers. Exotic or highly cultivated garden flowers aren't very good as they either produce no pollen and nectar, or keep it hidden away from the bees. Most annual bedding plants (for example Pelargoniums, Begonias and Busy Lizzies) have no nectar in the flowers for bees or other wildlife - you might as well plant plastic flowers in your garden.

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Interesting honey bee chart. The picture labeled "it stings" shows a yellow jacket, not a honey bee, to help you know the difference.

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The Honey Bee Colony: The hive consists of three castes of bees. Queen• Fertile female responsible for the total population ~ Worker• Sterile female – does the work of the hive ~ Drone• Fertile male – exists to mate with queen

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"Meat bees" vs bees

FYI, "meat bees" are actually wasps. Yellow jacket wasps. Bees are vegetarian, and are not aggressive. Late in the summer we see lots of wasps. When other food sources (nectar and insects) for wasps dry up and decline, wasps come more aggressively to our picnics and BBQs. We generally hate them at these times. No one likes the meat bees. However, as annoying as they are, wasps are beneficial insects. They eat many garden pests, keeping populations in check, and they pollinate…

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