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Do bees love red flowers?

Can bees see color?

You might have heard that honeybees for the most part ignore red flowers, and if you have cardinal flowers in your garden, you'll have a hard time finding a honeybee on it. Hummingbirds, on the other hand, love red flowers.

There's an exception to every rule

But since every rule seems to come with an exception, here's a red flower that the bees can't seem get enough.

Honeybees love the bottle brush bush (Callistemon). It's easy to find a bee in a flower, but to see so many bees in the same flower head is unusual. Somehow the structure of the bottle brush flower head allows them to climb in and out easily, and they must love it, because they've been visiting that bush for a few weeks now. It never gets old watching honeybees gathering nectar.

See how the climb in and out the "bristles" in this video.

 

If you'd like to know more about flowers that bees love, here's a post I wrote about it.
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