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Rural Gardening: Question for bee experts: What is going on with these bees?

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passiflora_pink

passiflora_pink
Central, AL
(Zone 8a)

September 28, 2012
12:10 PM

Post #9289067

I have a butterfly bush that seems to be intoxicating to bees. Whenever I check the blossoms there are lethargic bees on the flowers...they appear drugged! One morning before dawn I picked some flowers from the shrub and brought them in and a bumblebee was "sleeping" on the blossoms so I took it outside and brushed it off. Since then I check every day and there are honeybees and bumblebees all motionless or moving slowly along the blossoms. I can pick the flowers and the bees just sit there. Here is a photo of 2 bumblebees but there is a honeybee on the other side. I have not used pesticides in my garden and no nearby shrubs seem to affect them the same way. I assume the bees recover because when I brush them off the plant they are soon gone.

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kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 16, 2013
5:20 AM

Post #9451041

They sleep in the blossoms, guess they are just more comfortable there... but for a bumble to 'fly' they have to get to 86* to do so. Guess the day just got too cold for them and they can't get warmed up enough since they stayed out working too late...
Diana_K
Contra Costa County, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 21, 2013
7:08 PM

Post #9457583

Honeybees get quite lethargic in cold weather, and do not fly at night. If they were harvesting the pollen or honey too late in the day, or a cold breeze started while they were out then they sure would just hang onto the flowers until they warmed up the next morning. Seems that air temperature under 50*F stops them flying.

passiflora_pink

passiflora_pink
Central, AL
(Zone 8a)

March 23, 2013
7:36 AM

Post #9458970

Thanks for the replies! We never stop learning, do we?

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