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    Default Red nectar

    My daughter and I went through a TBH with a swarm from last month. The last bar was full of nectar. My god it was red!

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    It is hard to see in the attached photo, but we both said blood red at the same time! And I don't live near an M&M factory.

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    Default Re: Red nectar

    They have been visiting a hummingbird feeder!

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    Default Re: Red nectar

    probably been feeding from someone's hummingbird feeder

    oops......Gailmo beat me too it

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    Default Re: Red nectar

    Ha! I didn't even think about that! I didn't think bees could get nectar from those. They are doing a good job!

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    Default Re: Red nectar

    that is why when I feed I dye it blue, so I know it's not honey and I don't harvest it

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    Default Re: Red nectar

    I would love to know were they are getting it from. It isn't any of my immediate neighbors. Maybe I should feed them since they have acquired a taste for sugar!

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    Default Re: Red nectar

    Not actually nectar, just colored sugar syrup.

    Also, in my neighborhood, they do go after the hummingbird feed, but also can collect fruit juice from cactus fruits, usually from several different species of Opuntia (prickly pear). Though I've noticed deleterious effects when nurse bees use it to feed larvae, especially queen larvae.
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    Default Re: Red nectar

    I don't have to worry about cactus around hear. They would all drown.

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    Default Re: Red nectar

    I found the same thing last year. I sure was puzzled until I was talking to my neighbor about our bird feeders and she said said "I can't believe how fast the hummingbird feeder is going down". That's when I walked over and had a look and we all know what I saw!

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