Honeybees live in colonies with one queen, worker bees (females) collecting food for honey, and male drones. Honeybees are important pollinators for flowers, fruits, and vegetables. Honeybees are disappearing and are so important to try to keep around!
How to Attract or Encourage:
- First off, make sure that you do not use any pesticides in your garden! This can harm your beneficials as well as your pests.
- Try to plant some flowers to help attract these bees! Specific plants they are attracted to are allium, apple trees, aster, basil, bee balm, black-eyed susan, candytuft, catnip, cherry, clover, cosmos, evening primrose, geranium, globe thistle, gooseberry, hyssop, lavender, lemon balm, marjoram, mint, pear, plum, poppy, raspberry, rosemary, sage, strawberry, sunflower, thyme, verbena, wallflower, wild rose, yarrow, and zinnia.
- Have a source of shallow water for the bees to drink.