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A flower made for bees

Posted by blueberrytalk on August 3, 2008

Aside from the high quality honey, the fireweed provides an extended nectar gathering season for the bees. In the picture below notice the seed pods that have been formed below the flowers. Above the seed pods there are flowers in bloom and above the flowers there are buds yet to open. The next picture was taken almost a month ago when there are no seed pods but you can see the buds above the flowers. Click on the pictures to enlarge.

late fireweed

late fireweed

 

early fireweed

early fireweed

The butterfly bush is of interest to bees for it’s nectar and pollen. Notice the grey pollen the bee has gathered.
Butterfly bush

Butterfly bush

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