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Old 08-05-2017   #1
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To keep the thread legal I've posted a shot of the male on the feeder.



But this is what has been happening for the last few days. For now I've taken the feeder in but I feel bad because both the male and female have been using it. I still see them hitting the flowers.



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I get these too, but not so many. Since bees are in trouble, I usually ignore them. The hummers do seem to be bothered by them just a bit but still feed regularly. Also get ants which are just as bad.
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wow, never known this on feeders, I had ants one time but never bees
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Now that's a takeover.
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I get these too, but not so many. Since bees are in trouble, I usually ignore them. The hummers do seem to be bothered by them just a bit but still feed regularly. Also get ants which are just as bad.
Plenty of ants too. Some made it inside the water.
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wow, never known this on feeders, I had ants one time but never bees
Last year when I had it out for a short time it was ants all over it, just a few bees. This year the bees took over.
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Neat shots, I get bees also but not as many, usually just one. I put a small dab of axle grease on the wire the feeder is hanging on and no more ants. Its like putting grease on bluebird post to keep snakes out. It works and the hummers don't seem to mind
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Interesting shots Steve. I've seen feeders with and without bees whilst on my travels.
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I don't think so in the last two shots.

I love that brand of feeder and that is all I use now. I have the 10 "flower" single port bases that I use. My birds seem to like them better and I actually bought some bases direct from the manufacturer. I was told the yellow on some of the flowers is what attract bees/wasps. Not in Florida apparently.


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