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Old 07-16-2018, 06:00 PM
 
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I have bought every plant to attract Bumble Bees, and what I am attracting is a small, ugly bee, that I never so before. Do you have any Bumble Bees?

I live in zone 7a, North East, and used to have loads of them. Feeling very sad.....
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Old 07-16-2018, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I have loads of bumble bees. They like my lavender. I have different bees on my Shasta daisies.
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Old 07-17-2018, 05:48 AM
 
Location: Boydton, VA
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Yes, many... on Rose of Sharon, and Butterfly bush.

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Old 07-17-2018, 06:00 AM
 
Location: NC
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Bees are attracted to colors at the far left of the color spectrum. So plant plenty of blue and purple flowers.
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Old 07-17-2018, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Bees are attracted to colors at the far left of the color spectrum. So plant plenty of blue and purple flowers.
I don't know, I saw absolute monster bumble bees Sunday on my yellow and red goblin flowers and my caramel echibekias. They seem to love every color in my garden. They do love the blue flowers of the chaste tree, I'll give you that. The guy who mows my lawn won't go near that tree when it's in full flower because it's absolutely swarming with bumblebees.
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Old 07-17-2018, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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An ugly bee?
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Old 07-17-2018, 11:10 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...
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Humans base their color combinations on red, blue and green, while bees base their colors on ultraviolet light, blue and green. This is the reason why bees can't see the color red. ... They can, however, see reddish wavelengths, such as yellow and orange. They can also see blue-green, blue, violet, and “bee's purple.”
Great info on bees...https://www.beeculture.com/bees-see-matters/
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Old 07-17-2018, 11:33 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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The Russian sage I have really attracts them. But they don't bloom until late, they haven't yet here in Minnesota. You are talking about the big fluffy furry ones right? Yes they go after some french lavender I have too, which also doesn't bloom till later. Both are purple and both plants and their flowers are extremely fragrant.
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Old 07-18-2018, 05:43 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Bumble bees love my Catmint and Spiderwort. Both are purple.

I do not use any type of chemical treatment on my flowers, trees, bushes, or lawn.
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Old 07-18-2018, 10:05 AM
 
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I have loads of bumble bees. They like my lavender. I have different bees on my Shasta daisies.
I have Lavender, Shasta Daisies, and many other colors............I used to have too many of them........something has happened to make them go away. I do not use insecticides, but my neighbors are in love with ROUNDUP? Maybe, that is what causing it, since it contains Glysophate?
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