Wild Blue Yonder

By Kathy Keatley Garvey (Bug Squad - Happenings in the Insect World) June 19, 2012

Sometimes you see honey bees "making a beeline."

Such was the case when this honey bee (below) encountered a native wildflower, blue lupine (Lupinus).

Lupines are known more as pollen plants than nectar plants, according to Frank Pellett's book, American Honey Plantsa Dadant publication. Lupines, native to North America, belong to the legume family (Fabaceae).

"There are many species of lupines which are common, especially in the plains region and west to the Pacific coast," Pellett wrote. "Some are of no value to the bees, or yield pollen only." However, Read more...

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