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  1. #1
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    Default Ligustrums and Watermelon Crape Myrtles

    This morning I saw many honey bees working Ligustrums (no blooms). Looked like they were working Aphids(?), nearby the bees were working a large, in bloom, watermelon color Crape Myrtle. First time for me to see bees working a not in bloom plant. Also a bit unusual to see bees working the Myrtles. Hot, wet summer here, many weeds blooming, my three hive's bees have been packing in the pollen, between rain showers.

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    Elkin, NC, USA
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    Default Re: Ligustrums and Watermelon Crape Myrtles

    Honeydew?

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Ligustrums and Watermelon Crape Myrtles

    That must be what they are working because there are zero blooms. Got me to looking at blooming plants, later along the roadside I stopped to look at some wild blue flowers. Bumblebees were piercing the flowers at the base! Have read about that but is my first to see.

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    Default Re: Ligustrums and Watermelon Crape Myrtles

    In our area, bees will work aphids during the dearth following the main spring flow. This honey can have very bad flavor with a strong aftertaste. My bees work Crape myrtle trees heavily for pollen. The pollen from the Crape myrtle comes a week prior to the nectar from the cotton plants and really give the bees a second wind.

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