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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Bees on the Butterfly Weed

I love it when the butterfly weed blooms (Asclepias tuberosa). Last year I got some good bee pictures on the butterfly weed.

Over this past weekend, my butterfly weed burst into bloom. The flowers have lots of nectar and the bees love it. I see bumblebees on this plant as well. Here are my pictures from the butterfly weed of 2007.

Look closely at these pictures--in the third one, you can see the bee's tongue extended into the flower. (Double click on the picture to make it larger).

If you want to plant this for your bees, plant seeds. It has a deep tap root and is very hard to transplant.

Butterfly weed lines the edges of the highways in Georgia at this time of year. I had so many good photos that I simply made a Web Album. Click on the first photo to see the rest.
Butterfly Weed and Bees

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