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With bees, it's not how many, it's how many kinds

 
Burra Maluca
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"honey bees are nice, but a farm that also has bumble bees, carpenter bees, and many small specialist bee species working their blueberry bushes gets more fruit."

Full article here - Native bees increase blueberry crop yields


 
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Honey bees are the most abundant bee in blueberry fields, but they are also the least efficient bee at pollinating blueberries, and fussy about when they will fly.


Funny because I didn't see any of my honey bees on my blueberries, just bumblebees! It's possible the blueberries were too close to the hive, less than 50'. I've seen 4 types of bees so far this year (not including wasps or hornets), three on this plant today!

Anyone know what plant it is?
 
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CJ, that plant looks like Viper's Bugloss (Echium Vulgare) http://www.themelissagarden.com/TMG_Vetaley031608.htm If so, no wonder your bees were ignoring the blueberries! It is one of the best bee forage plants out there
 
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Thanks so much for that ID, plus that looks like a handy link.
 
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Wonderful article Burra!

I found a some neat info-images online that relate to this topic:



 
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I saw 4 types of bumblebees and a honey bee on this plant yesterday:

I think it's a type of burdock but I'm not sure.

I think one is the tri-colored bumblebee which I only differentiated because of the pics Dave posted.

The other day I saw many types of bumblebees, honeybees and a dragon fly on this bull thistle:


I'm starting to develop a theory that any plant my free ranging sheep wont eat, that flowers, is good for bees, although I did catch a ewe trying to eat that burdock which was fenced off. I've been feeling like maybe I should get out the weed wacker to take out those spiney weeds the sheep aren't eating but now I feel a little more justified in leaving them be[e].
 
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