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What Bumble Bees Can Tell You

Check out this shrub I discovered during a recent visit to western New York.

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It had pink tubular flowers and variegated leaves.

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It appears to be a Weigela, perhaps Weigela florida ‘Variegata.’

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The flowers varied in color from basically white to very dark pink.

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Although the flowers of other species of plants in the area were visited by a variety of insects, it was immediately apparent that these flowers are particularly attractive to bumble bees. There might have been a carpenter bee or two as well, but basically large, robust bees.

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Regardless of the fact it was overcast, windy and raining at times, the bumble bees continued to visit.

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Watching the bumble bees, I began to see a pattern.

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Did you spot it right away?

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Turns out that what I noticed has been verified in another species of Weigela.

Do you see the pattern I noticed? Let me know what you think it is.

 

Edit:  The answer is now posted.

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