Bees eating fruit specifically Watermenon
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    Default Bees eating fruit specifically Watermenon

    Noticed today while feeding the chickens leftovers that hundreds of our bees were on a half watermelon we gave to the chickens as we do often when blazing hot like it is. Just curious as to if it is a good nectar like source, bad, or meaningless? It is amazing how fast they have eaten the melon and if good for them what the heck? They are dirt cheap here most of the summer because they grow them in Arizona.
    Cheers Bill
    zone 9b

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    Default Re: Bees eating fruit specifically Watermenon

    I'd guess they're after water, the fact that it isn't "pure" makes it particuarly of interest. Maybe they're telling you they need additional water?

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    Default Re: Bees eating fruit specifically Watermenon

    I would bet throwing a watermelon out there is akin to open feeding a light syrup. Ever notice how sticky your hands and face get when eating some? I read that watermelon flowers are a poor nectar, but that is another story.
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

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    Default Re: Bees eating fruit specifically Watermenon

    plenty of sugar.. and water.. in watermelon juice. Other fruits, as well.

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    Default Re: Bees eating fruit specifically Watermenon

    When you see that your honey is pink, you'll know why.

    Cheers!

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    Default Re: Bees eating fruit specifically Watermenon

    Since our dearth occurs when my blueberries are in full harvest mode, every year I find honey bees eating my blueberries. Usually on ones that split from rain or that were opened by wasps. It's a source of sugar.

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