Are Bees Finding the 'Zen' in Zinnias?

 By Kathy Keatley Garvey (Bug Squad - Happenings in the Insect World) July 17, 2012

Eye-catching zinnias grace the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, the half-acre bee friendly garden planted in the fall of 2009 next to the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility on Bee Biology Road, University of California, Davis.

The long-stemmed vibrant flowers attract honey bees from the Laidlaw apiary, neighboring bees, and assorted other pollinators, including sunflower bees (after all, zinnias belong to the sunflower family, Asteracae).

Last year the haven attracted the attention of...


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