Bees love cucumbers although the cucumber is not a great source of either nectar or pollen. This is because although an individual flower produces a good bit of nectar, there are relatively few flowers on a cucumber plant. Research shows that although the cucumber pollen is also something the bee might want, they only get pollen from the cucumber when there are no other pollen sources.
Many plants produce more nectar at certain times of the day. I think the cucumber must be one of them because so far I've only seen bees on the flowers in the mornings. I took these pictures at 8:30 AM. I love the one below of the bee diving headfirst into the cucumber flower!
My plants are covered with tiny cukes so the bee visits must be having quite an effect.
I love watching the bees on flowers. Here is a bee on a rather sad echinacea. Bees love echinacea for the nectar. This bee kept leaving this flower to go to other more beautiful coneflowers, but returned to this one time and time again. This must be a particular juicy one!
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