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Thread: Love Bugs

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    Default Love Bugs

    Do they have an impact on bee forage (nectar)?

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    Default Re: Love Bugs

    I remember those dang bugs when I lived in Florida. What a pain to keep your windshield clear. I have no idea about what you're asking,
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    Default Re: Love Bugs

    Do love bugs compete with bees for nectar?

    More love bugs=less honey?

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    Default Re: Love Bugs

    I honestly don't know but that's a good question.
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    Default Re: Love Bugs

    I put 6 supers out for the bees to clean up after extraction.
    All covered with bees and love bugs.
    The love bugs are definitely feeding on the cells

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    Default Re: Love Bugs

    I hate those things. They ruined the paint on the very first car I ever owned. (A while ago).
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    Default Re: Love Bugs

    some seem to think if the love bugs are on a nectar source, the bees won't touch that nectar source so long as the love bugs are on it.

    I've no scientific data
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    Default Re: Love Bugs

    I dont have anything to back it up but I did notice last year that any goldenrod that had love bugs all over it had no bees working it. I know that they sure like anything white including my white truck and my white hives.

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