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I don't know about the bees, but as a kid I'd "eat" the heck out of it. I'd pull the pistil away from the petals and suck off the nectar. Good stuff!
 

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Bumble bees and Carpenter bees, I've seen on the honeysuckle, but never did I see a honey bee. I don't know if this was that particular variety of honeysuckle tho.
 

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I live on 10 acres in a swampland in Coastal NC. We have tons of it...our bees seem to like it and it smells wonderful this time of year.

We also have a jasmine that blooms at the same time, locally called "Carolina Jasmine" yellow small flowers, it smells similar.
 

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I seem to remember reading that honeysuckle flowers are too deep for honeybees to reach easily. Too bad really.
I've heard that also. They can knaw a hole between two hive bodies if they want another entrance, and they can rob out a weak hive in no time flat. You'd think they could knaw in at the base of the honeysuckle flower. Anyone know why they don't?
 
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