john gault
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Joined: Sun Jul 10, 2011 8:53 pm
Location: Atlantic Beach, Fl. (USDA Hardiness Zone 9a)

Sneaky "Pollinators"

I go out every morning and watch all the pollinators work on all the flowers; I've even recently planted some sunflower plants and watermelon (believe it or not good attraction plant for pollinators) to keep them coming.

I've noticed that bumblebees and carpenter bees go to the base of the flower, especially of the Mexican Petunia and seemed to be getting the nectar from there. Never heard of that so I looked around the net and found that there's a name for this practice, Nectar Robbing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nectar_robbing


I'm sure many of you seasoned gardeners already knew of this practice, but good info for any of you (us) newbies. What's kind of curious is that they don't do it for all plants, like the morning glories...

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