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Bumblebees and aphid honeydew.

wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 6,197
Just something I read in this month's members' magazine from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust: Apparently there have been increasing sightings of bumblebees feeding on the honeydew secretions created by aphids attacking plants. Bumblebees need a lot of sugar to fuel their activities and this is normally provided by nectar but they've been seen getting a bonus feed from sugar-rich honeydew. I only mention this because it increases the chances that any pesticides applied to aphids will be transferred to bumblebees (as well as ants and aphid predators).


  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 17,553
    To everything there is a purpose. 🙂
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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