Why Honey Bees Forage in California Poppies

Bug Squad - Happenings in the Insect World   By Kathy Keatley Garvey    3/18/14

When you see honey bees foraging on the California poppy, the state flower, they're not there for the nectar.

They're there for the pollen.

"California poppies provide only pollen--no nectar," native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, emeritus professor of entomology at UC Davis, told the Pollinator Gardening Workshop last Saturday on the UC Davis campus. Thorp was one of the featured speakers at the event,...


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