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  1. #1
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    Feb 2012
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    Lure in the bumble bees!

    My wife has this plant that she calls "Lamb's Ear". I noticed this morning that it was swarming with about a dozen bumble bees! We have lots of bumble bees, but I had never seen so many concentrated on one plant before. It was cool.

    But, also a word of warning... take a look at the thread under "Pests & Diseases" to see the possible link between this plant and SHB. I don't yet know if that link to SHB is good or bad...

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  2. #2
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    Jun 2011
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    Alachua County, FL
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    Create nest sites if you want bumble bees. It can be as simple as a block of wood with 3/8 inch holes drilled deep into the blocks.

    Gary VanCleef
    americasbeekeeper.com
    americasbeekeeper.org

  3. #3
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    May 2012
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    Malta, EU
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    What does a bumble bee do exactly, apart from buzzing and pollenating?

  4. #4
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    the Hudson Valley, New York
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    3/8 " holes in wood blocks is for mason bees, not bumble bees.
    It's 'tough love' for the bees here at Wayward Girl Apiary.

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